SCENE 1 - Scene Without Scene:
A PVAF exhibition showcasing works by members
Elaine Allison | Tim Chamberlain | Fanny Lam Christie |
Su Grierson | Roddy Mathieson | Douglas McBride |
Charmian Pollok | Duncan Robertson | Siobhan Tarr
Exhibition Dates: 9 May - 26 July 2009
Open Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm
or late on performance evenings
Threshold artspace, Redrooms, Perth Theatre,
185 High Street, Perth PH1 5UW
A copy of the Exhibition Guide can be downloaded from
Perthshire Visual Arts Forum (PVAF) and Horsecross present a contemporary visual
art exhibition at the Threshold artspace at Perth Theatre for this year's Perth
Festival of the Arts 2009. This is the first part of a series of two exhibitions
to showcase works by PVAF members.
Guest curator Liz Adamson of Polarcap has selected the works, and commented:
"The exhibition creates a strong reference to landscape, our complex relationship
with the natural world, memory, history and time"
Tim Chamberlain's works depicting the roamer, the loner, the owner discuss
and interrogate our ingrained constructs of wilderness. One man's sanctuary is
another man's factory. High on a cliff top, Duncan Robertson's pilgrim/seeker
confronts nature in all its grandeur whilst waving an enormous flag.
Charmain Pollock's Ghost Croft: the abandoned shoe, the drawers that once held
clean linen now form sculptural disarray.
Elaine Allison's constructions feature dangling keys, faded photographs, curious
scientific contraptions reminiscent of bygone days of the Victorian explorer and collector,
delicate birds eggs, secrets and mysteries. Sobhan Tarr re-constructs untypical images with a
contemporary content, using modern and vintage porcelain fragments and glass.
Douglas McBride's images of West Perthshire are quiet and relective,
relating to his experience of this particular landscape. Roddy Mathieson's intricate
silkscreen prints are based on drawings of the river systems of the Clyde, the Tay,
the Dee and the Don in dendrite tree form. Su Grierson's ongoing project 'Marking Time'
discuses documentation, collection, journeys, time ritual and tradition, as she observes
and records people's habits of "marking trees". Fanny Lam Christie's 'Earth' depicts
both beauty and turmoil, and questions our everchanging relationship with the environment
and our ability to control the forces of nature.
The exhibition is complemented by ONSCREEN, a showcase on a flat screen of digital
images of a further 53 PVAF members' work.
Su Grierson, chair of PVAF, which has over 200 members in Perthshire and beyond, said:
"PVAF was set up by local professional artists and has put Perth at the centre of
artistic activity both nationally and internationally. Linking artists geographically
means the range of artistic practice is very wide from traditional to digital and new media."
"Artists offer the option of seeing the world differently. Come along and be entranced,
surprised and intrigued and leave looking at life and thinking about this world a little bit differently."
This exhibition is jointly presented by PVAF and Horsecross, Threshold artspace
in partnership with Liz Adamson of Polarcap.