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Dalziel and Scullion

Past
9 Jun–27 Aug 2001

Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion’s important project at YSP combined video, photography, sound, multiples and a new outdoor sculpture commission.

Produced over the last few years, this body of work stems from the artists’ examination of contemporary life around their home at St Combs, north of Aberdeen. The vagaries of the fishing and fish processing industries and the economic dominance of the oil industry with its high-tech offshoots appear at odds with the natural beauty of the region. However, Dalziel and Scullion are interested in how people react with their surroundings while considering human desires associated with freedom and nature.

Voyager, commissioned by YSP in collaboration with Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, was an installation of three two-man tents cast in aluminium, ‘pitched’ in the Formal Garden. Made still and solid by their luminous material, the tents nevertheless spoke of a nomadic, adventurous lifestyle.

Another Place, from the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, was a video projection of eight people known to the artists. From a young boy in a wetsuit to an elderly woman, the film was a celebration of contemporary life in non-urban environments. Each individual project had an unusual level of self-containment and clear affinity with their place. The ambient music and carefully stilled images, where each eye flicker and head movement was seen, mermerise and clarify, capturing the extraordinary light quality of the Aberdeenshire coast.