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DALZIEL + SCULLION, Ecosse

L’AULNE GRIS
Impression sur papier photo

Un arbre solitaire a été photographié sous tous les angles. Ces images ont été soigneusement raboutées pour présenter une vue de la surface de l’arbre sur 360°. Cette vue a été imprimée sur un papier plus grand replié sur lui-même pour reformer le cylindre d’un arbre. La perfection de cette forme mime à la perfection la vie organique qu’elle décrit, où la surface délicate de l’écorce qui se fendille et s’élargit d’année en année véhicule un réseau de nutriments et de fluides de bas en haut et de haut en bas à l’intérieur de cet organisme. La surface en a aussi été colonisée par de minuscules formes de vie, des lichens ont pris racine dans des fissures de l’écorce tandis que les mousses préfèrent le côté de l’arbre plus léger et plus fin. Et tout un monde d’insectes arrive pour se poser en un fourmillement affairé, des sentiers de fourmis en parcourent toute la longueur, des mouches s’inspectent les pattes, des mites restent figées pour passer inaperçues jusqu’au coucher du soleil.

GREY ALDER
Photographic Print on Paper

Dalziel + Scullion work commissioned for JIPB Cube Gallery
courtesy of An Tuireann Arts Centre


A solitary tree has been photographed in the round, these images are carefully pieced together to present a full 360º view of the tree’s surface, this is printed onto a wide paper and re-formed back into a cylindrical version of the tree. The perfection of this form belies the organic life that is depicted, where the delicate surface of the bark that splits and expands year upon year, conveys a network of nutrients and fluids back and forth within this organism. Its surface too has been colonised by minute life forms, lichens have rooted in unobstructed places on its bark, whilst mosses prefer the light thin side of the tree. Besides these, a wealth of insects arrive and alight in a sward of activity, ant paths traverse its length, flies inspect their legs, whilst moths lie, stealth-like till sundown.

Dalziel + Scullion have worked in collaboration since 1993, their studio is based within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, where they also teach part time.

Their solo exhibitions nationally include: The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; The Arnolfini, Bristol; The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Manchester Art Gallery; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; The Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow and The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford. They were also included in the 3rd British Art Show. International exhibitions include: the Venice Biennale; Young British Artists in Rome; The Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Am Polylog Project, Worgl, Austria; Madison Square Park, New York; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; The Meguro Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Artconnexion, Lille, France and IBID Projects, Vilnius, Lithuania.

They have been awarded the Scottish Arts Council’s Major Bursary, the Eco Prize for Creativity, a SciArt Award and a Creative Scotland Award.

Film Works
Video works have been included in the Edinburgh Film Festival, Cinema Texas 7, Austin, Texas, 1st International Biennial of Video Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, Classic Independent Films, Naples, Italy, and a commission for Channel 4 Television called The Pressure of Spring

Selected Collections
The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, Arts Council of England, British Council, Science Museum, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Craft Council of England, British Airport Authorities, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum, Standard Life Investments plc, The Hennessey Collection, London, The Floback Collection, Miami, USA, Navigator Foundation, Boston, USA, Wimbledon College of Art, BA Collection, London, The Kelvingrove Gallery & Museum Glasgow, The Ferens Gallery Hull, Clarks Art Collection, HBOS and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern