New Work at “The Secret Confession” Edinburgh College of Art

November 16th, 2010 § 2 comments

Here are some new works (and one old) of mine that are being exhibited at Edinburgh College of Art in “The Secret Confession“. The first is “Untitled (05 Nov 2010)”. It consists of a wooden box made of Scottish oak, lined with thick felt, sat on a concrete table top and oak legs. Inside the box are 342, close-to-identical screenprints of coffins draped in Union flags. Each print represents one of the 342 British servicemen and women killed during operations in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict, up until 5th November 2010. Every print has the name of the deceased, with the date of death and a number (eg the first death is marked with 1/342, the last 342/342). The box and table were made by Colin Parker, an artist and furniture maker. The box is also bound in white tape and is stamped on the inside of the lid with “05 NOV 2010”.

The second work is a screenprint called “Aztec Silence/Infinite Justice”. It shows battle diagrams of the final 4 conflicts on British soil, which are combined with text related to “Operation Enduring Freedom“.

Finally is a work I made in 2004 called “Convincing the Wolf of the Error in it’s Ways” which is a large felt banner. This work is one of four banners I made for abandoned churches in Fife. Each banner contains specific references to the history of each church and its surrounding area. After I had originally exhibited these banners at Collective Gallery in Edinburgh in 2004, I took them back to the sites of the churches, hung them, and left them there. The only reason I still have this one is because my mum and dad went to the church the day after to rescue it – I don’t know what happened to the other 3.

Also, I recommend you go to see the exhibition, there are 15 other artists there, and I particularly like Keith Farquhar‘s.

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  • Paul richardson says:

    I was fortunate enough to work at ECA when the Secret Confession exhibition was on. I had plenty time to view all the works on display.The Aztec Silence Infinite justice print was to my mind the most important piece on display at that time. It simply appealed to what I am interested in. Even now, 6 years later, I still consider the work, and its meaning. I think the artists explanation of his motivations for the work are lesser than the work itself. Since the purpose of any map is to convey information that is detailed and exact, the work deliberately omits detail, which becomes a curse and an invitation to the viewer. The title intimates as to the missing pieces but as it points towards ancient history and destiny, the work becomes an ever changing conundrum of past and future. It seems to be a window into all other possibilities. A never ending list of ‘might have beens’.

    • craig says:

      Hi Paul, I’m glad you liked the work, and gladder still that you still think about it. I don’t remember revealing my motivations for it though – I could tell you more about the work if you like, but it would probably spoil it… cheers Craig

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