Massiv Sellout - ESW Residency Closing

Hello everyone!


It'd be great to see you all at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop next Thursday 7th July from 3-7pm.

Here is the press release for you to have a read of, or not.


Edinburgh-born artist Alex Allan studied Sculpture for 6 years at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining his BA (Hons) and MFA respectively. Since graduating in 2011 Alex has continued to develop his work from his studio in Edinburgh's Wild West in the South of the City ad has exhibited extensively since most notably his Solo show 'Adult Soft Play' at The Briggait in Glasgow and multiple group shows with the creative collective 'Static State'.


More recently Alex has set up a small gallery space which he runs from a section of his studio in Morningside, exhibiting artists work from Iceland, London and New York over the course of the gallery's first year of operations.


Juggling his own work while running the gallery space has found him finally complete a month's residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which he was originally awarded at the RSA New Contemporaries in 2010. The first major exhibition which utilises the vast outdoor courtyard at ESW sees Alex presenting '20 Sculptures in 20 Days', a modular work using 2.2 tonnes of concrete slabs and obelisks which changes every day, and 'Block', a psychotropic 1:1 scale slice of the ziggurat which adorns the courtyard adjacent to the Royal Scottish Academy.


Acclaimed Scottish Sculptor Kenny Hunter says of Alex and his work:


Alongside his finely tuned antennae into current art practice and a broad appreciation of sculpture and its traditions, Alex Allan also absorbs research material from experiencing the environment around him. That is to say his identity as an artist is constructed not only through his engagement with the Art World, but by his observance and understanding of the physical realities of urban life at this point in history.


Eternal themes of political power, civic identity and town planning are examined through the aperture of 21 st Century eye, elements of research and play coexist. The cultural baggage of each material is amplified to affect a complex reading of a sculpture that on the surface looks quite simple. Overall his output as an Artist seems to talk not only to the city outside but to react to and challenge the monumental traditions of both Ancient and Modern Sculpture.


Overall it could be argued his work creates a kind of urban pastoral, hinting at an idealised and artificial position. Yet critical even unsettling elements persist within the work to address issues of power, control and façade.


Alongside the developments in the courtyard there will also be a series of new paintings which Alex has been working on in his studio alongside his residency and a selection of new smaller sculptures in ESW's Creative Laboratories.

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