12 February - 29 April 2012

Luke Fowler with Toshiya Tsunoda and John Haynes.

*Nominated for the 2012 Turner Prize*

In February 2012 we were delighted to present the first museum exhibition in Scotland by Luke Fowler. It comprised of new and recent work, either made or selected by the artist for Inverleith House.  The exhibition also featured a collaboration with the pioneering Japanese sound artist Toshiya Tsunoda (b.1964, Kanagawa) and photographic portraits by the London based theatre photographer John Haynes (b.1937), in his first museum exhibition in the UK.

John Haynes, R.D.Laing, Courtesy of John Haynes

Luke Fowler who was recipient of the inaugural Derek Jarman award in 2008, is most widely known for his artist films which often take the form of portraits of socially radical and marginalised figures, notably the avant-garde composer turned political activist Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) and the Scottish pscychiatrist Ronald David (R.D.) Laing (1927-1989).

Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda, 'Ridges on a Horozontal Place (2010-11) Inverleith House Installation view, photograph by Michael Wolchover.

The exhibition began with the installation 'Ridges on a Horizontal Plane' (Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda, 2010-11) which combined live sound projections of 16mm film with 6x6 slildes taken by Fowler and Tsunoda in Cologne. In the first gallery upstairs, Tsunoda's sound work 'Composition for Maguchi Bay' (2011) was exhibited. The final gallery was devoted to screenings of Fowler's most recent film 'All Divided Selves' (2011) - a feature length film constructed of archive footage and new material. This film is the third in a series (preceded by 'What You See is Where You're At', 2001 and Bogman Palmjaguar, 2007) which explores the influence of R.D. Laing on psychiatry and culture. These were interspersed with three rooms of colour photographs from Fowler's ongoing Two-Frame Film Series, which he began in 2006: a partial record of the artist's daily life, these images are captured on a half-frame camera whose now obsolete frame size and format produces compositions of paired images, the resulting combinations reflecting an element of chance composition.

The lower-ground floor rooms were devoted to an exhibition of black and white images by the photographer John Haynes, who is renowned for portraiture and documentary work in London's theatres (most notably The Royal Court). Intimate portraits of his close friend R.D. Laing taken between 1970 and 1985 were exhibited with those of leading figures from the worlds of theatre, film and art, including Allen Ginsberg and Samuel Beckett in perhaps his most iconic portrayal.

Exhibition supported by The Modern Insitute/Toby Webster ltd, Glasgow and Gisela Capitain, Cologne and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Two limited edition posters were produced for the exhibition, to purchase please contact ihouse@rbge.ac.uk

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