Andrew Kerr - So Ensconced/Maya Deren

12 November - 22 January 2012. Tues - Sun, 10am - 5.30pm

Andrew Kerr, Purse Mag, 2011. Acrylic on Paper, courtesy the artist and the Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

In 1999, Inverleith House presented an exhibition open to all artists living and working in Scotland, called 'Absolut Open'. The 29 artists chosen to exhibit were selected from submissions by over 350 artists, spanning several generations and encompassing every artistic medium and style. A few of the artists represented were already well-known at the time, but most were not. One of the strangest and most scuccessfuil works in the exhibition was a cardbopard sculpture made by Andrew Kerr, a young artist who had only just graduated from Glasgow School of Art. It took the form of a 'cast.' taken from another sculpture - the Garden's 'Slate Cone' (Andy Goldsworthy, 1990; resting on the gallery floor like an upturned carapace it was positioned so that both could be viewed simultaneously by looking out of a window towards the hawthorn tree near which Goldsworthy's sculpture was sited.

Andrew Kerr, Untitled, 2011. Acrylic on Paper, courtesy the artist and the odern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

whilst Kerr's sculpture appeared temporary, inmprovised and possibly even slightly irreverent, both forms demonstated an affinity with nature and culture respectively. Born in 1977, Kerr is one of the younger members of an internationally recognised generation of artists who have made exhibitions for Inverleith House in recent years, including Karla Black, Douglas Gordon, Jim Lambie, Victoria Morton, Tony Swain, Hayley and Sue tompkins and Cathy Wilkes.

Andrew Kerr, Dashing From Life Is Also Important, 2011. Acrylic on Paper. Courtesy the artist and the Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

The exhibition will feature new and recent work and is Kerr's first major museum exhibition in Scotland, following a major solo exhjibition in 2009 at the Kunstverein in Bremerhaven, Germany and other recent solo exhibitions in Cologne and Glasgow.

Maya Deren (1917-1961)

Portrait of Maya Deren, artist unknown, date unknown, photograph. Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives, New York.

Occupying the basement gallery of Inverleith House will be a small exhibition celebrating the life and work of avant garde filmmaker Maya Deren.  Accompanying this will be a film series curated by Jay Murphy of the University of Aberdeen.  With screenings in the Royal Botanic Garden lecture Theatre and the Filmhouse Edinburgh the programme will include films by Raymonde Carasco, Shirley Clarke, Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, Robert Frank and Philippe Grandrieux.

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