Inverleith House likes to centre its shows around the work of one artist and to let the art speak for itself. The generous windows in every room generate an experience of viewing art in glorious and abundant natural daylight that is surprisingly and unfortunately uncommon. In the exhibition of Andrew Kerr’s work, So Ensconced, this allows the gorgeous colours and textural, gestural quality of the paint in his images to shine and engage, unhindered by frames or glass.
Most of the images are on paper, directly mounted onto the crisp, white walls. The challenging and varied sculptures are situated in central positions on the gallery floors allowing full visual and spatial engagement. The minimal information and lack of labelling is a strength of Inverleith’s display, directing all focus to the works themselves.
Kerr is a Glasgow based artist, with this being his largest exhibition to date and his first major solo show in Scotland (he is also currently featured in the Talbot Rice Gallery Beholder exhibition). He is one of the youngest of the group of artists that have recently been commissioned to do work for Inverleith House.
To complement Kerr’s painting and sculptures, the basement of the gallery plays host to a selection of Maya Deren’s films, running on a constant loop. The dark basement, comfortable chairs and selection of black and white film stills make for a nice atmosphere in which to discover Deren’s visually engaging and experimental films.