Alison Turnbull Exhibition

“My exhibition at Talbot Rice brings together recent paintings and drawings, shown in the White Gallery, with a new installation created for the Round Room. The exhibition is conceived as a lexicon of looking, a series of encounters that are displaced and then echoed as one moves through the different rooms and spaces. Painting and drawing are in close and constant dialogue. Drawing is a testing ground and a working method, and found drawings provide source material for the larger paintings. Most of these paintings take the night sky – or rather the ways in which we observe and map the night sky – as their starting point. Indeed, the whole gallery becomes a kind of observatory, a place for concentrated looking. Drawings on found sheets of graph paper, exercise books and scores are presented in three Drawing Tables. The apparent neutrality of the gridded papers, which I’ve been collecting for some years from places I visit, is nuanced and disrupted by the drawn systems I introduce. The work conceived for the Round Room, which might be viewed as the culmination of the exhibition, is site-specific in various ways. Not only is it drawn and painted directly onto the room’s curved walls, but it is inspired by a manual, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, produced in Edinburgh in 1814. This colour manual, functioning as a sort of 19th Century Pantone chart for scientists, was based on mineral specimens once used for teaching in the University and now in the collection of National Museums Scotland. A selection of these minerals and the colour manual are displayed as part of the installation.” Alison Turnbull + Download Press Release (DOC) Alison Turnbull was born in Bogotá, studied at Bath Academy of Art and now lives and works in London. She has had solo exhibitions since the late 1980s and her work has been shown internationally. She is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.


By Alison Turnbull

10 March 2012 – 5 May 2012

Talbot Rice Gallery The University of Edinburgh Old College, South Bridge Edinburgh, EH8 9YL Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm +

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