The 14th edition of the Edinburgh Art Festival opens today, and over the next month, is bringing together over 50 events and exhibitions from modern and contemporary artists from across the world. The big talking point is Ed Ruscha’s exhibition at the Scottish National Art Gallery, but here we pick out the other shows you have to catch if you’re in town.
Ed Ruscha at the Scottish National Gallery of Art
As part of ARTIST ROOMS, the Scottish National Gallery of Art are exhibiting a series of works by the American artist Ed Ruscha. Ruscha’s exploration of West Coast culture has been channelled into paintings that explore language and the power of words, specifically billboards, street signs, and advertising. Key paintings on show are early works such as Honk (1962) and Dance? (1973).
Jac Leirner at Fruitmarket Gallery
Contemporary art space Fruitmarket Gallery are hosting a solo exhibition by the Brazilian artist Jac Leirner. Along with major works from her career, Leirner has created specific new work for Scottish audiences. In her practice, Leirner uses everyday materials, and at Fruitmarket she’s been specifically working with rulers, cigarette papers, rope, and light bulbs.
Pablo Bronstein at Jupiter Artland
Argentine-born, London-based artist Pablo Bronstein has created a permanent commission for the private gallery/sculpture park Jupiter Artland. Creative polymath, Bronstein’s practice ranges from drawing to choreography and from performance to installation. This commission marks one of his most ambitious projects to date: two 10 metre high pavilions, one Gothic and the other in a Chinoiserie style, will be connected by a 25 metre long rose garden.
Stephen Sutcliffe at Talbot Rice Gallery
Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art gallery for the University of Edinburgh. They are exhibiting a series of works by the Glasgow-based artist Stephen Sutcliffe, who creates film collages using found material from various television and film archives, or spoken word recordings. Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs explores self-doubt, obsession, cultural constructs and class conflict. Notes and images from the artist’s personal archive will also be displayed, emphasising aspects of his working process and thoughts.
Shannon Te Ao at Gladstone Court
Shannon Te Ao’s new multimedia installation, exhibited at Gladstone Court, was co-commissioned with Te Tuhi, Auckland, and explores the depths of love, grief, sickness and healing. Centred around video footage shot in different locations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, the work explores a poetic assemblage of tenuously related content including a 1840s waiata, a dance scene that references a 1970s Charles Burnett film, a hemp farm, and a 1960s Clyde Otis song famously sung by Dinah Washington. Shannon Te Ao will also be in conversation with curator Bruce Phillips on 28 July.