Invented Acoustical Tools 1969 - 2014
25 October 2014 - 18 January 2015
Tony Conrad, Fair Ground Electric Horn, 2003. Courtesy of the Artist & Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne.
Tony Conrad, Grommet Horn, 1970. Courtesy of the Artist & Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne.
Inverleith House is delighted to present the first major solo exhibition in the UK by the legendary American artist, Tony Conrad (born 1940, Concord, New Hampshire; lives and works in Buffalo, New York). The exhibition explores Conrad’s contribution to improvised music and enduring relationship with free invention as it relates to his film and performance work through a comprehensive presentation of the artist’s invented acoustical tools - self-developed musical instruments made from everyday materials.
The exhibition also presents two new sound works, Conrad’s most seminal film The Flicker (1966) screened here in 16mm, as well as a feature length documentary of the artist playing the acoustical tools from 2012.
Presented in partnership with Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin, and Greene Naftali, New York. With thanks to the Tony Conrad Supporters Circle.
Sue Tompkins: dug nature
dug nature is a collection of readings by the Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins commissioned by Inverleith House for Generation, available as a freely downloadable podcast to be experienced on visits to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and its 73 acres of landscaped grounds.
Sue Tompkins (b.1971) is one of the leading artists of her generation and is best known for her distinctive live performances and works of art which often combine elements of text, sculpture, installation and painting. She was part of the influential Glasgow-based collective Elizabeth Go and lead singer with the band Life Without Buildings. Her first major solo exhibition at a public gallery in Scotland was at Inverleith House (24 February to 17 April 2011). She lives and works in Glasgow and is represented by The Modern Institute.
dug nature is generously supported by The Elephant Trust and is part of Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.
Image courtesy of the artist.