Hidden in the basement of the Royal Scottish Academy, we find works by ten artists who have taken part in residency schemes across Scotland during the last year. They present an array of exploration and exploitation of different mediums; from Cheryl Field's mixed media installation to Ross Henriksen's roll of drawings. The exhibition offers an eclectic spectacle that fills the more-than-intimate exhibition space.
Starting with Field's installation, be prepared to become fused with the work, which occupies most of the room. The air shaping Field's installation produces noises and movement similar to human breathing. Works such as Katharina Kiebacher and Norman Shaw, however, might allow for a more classical contemplative experience. Kiebacher shows several years worth of observation through photographic material in 11 Horizons, a series that attempts to unveil the fantasy of wild, natural landscapes. Also in a series, though of a completely different nature, Shaw similarly investigates the fantastic, but that of the spooky and ghastly, by means of subtle and detailed drawings stained with “mythic consciousness”.
However short, the collective exhibition still succeeds in highlighting the value and unique character of new work by each of the artists, maintaining the enthusiasm of the residencies' creative production.