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The Thursday Post: Tool, Mind, Earth

The latest exhibition to be held at the SPL – Tool, Mind, Earth – is a collaborative installation featuring work by Nishiko, Patrick M. Lydon and Suhee Kang, and it runs from mid-December until the end of January.

Nishiko’s contribution is based upon repairing the work of other artists. Valerie Dempsey and Ronald Boer’s piece, Beach laboratory; Coastal Reckoning consisted of four bottles that stored water, in front of which were specimen dishes containing salt extracted from sea water collected at four points from a beach in Scheveningen in the Netherlands (the water in the bottles was collected from the same points). Dempsey and Boer’s piece was destroyed at the opening when a misplaced wine glass caused it to fall to the ground, breaking.

Nishko witnessed the accident; at the time, ‘I was occupied with repairing broken objects. So I kept the shards and promised the artists to repair their work.’ You can see Repairing Work of Dempsey and Boer as part of Tool, Mind, Earth at the SPL.

The other part of the exhibition is a collaboration between Lydon and Kang, Wisdom from the Field, which consists of sheets of handmade paper, made from the business and finance sections of newspapers, upon which one finds handwritten messages. The messages were collected during the making of Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness, a documentary about natural farming (the film will also be available to view). Natural farming, although environmentally sustainable, is sidelined by corporations and the media. Each quote on the sheets of handmade paper ‘is a short, poetic verse that places the philosophy of the natural farmers in relation to – and often at odds with – our contemporary social and ecological mindsets.’

The exhibition is sited throughout the SPL and visitors are encouraged to explore the Library to find the pieces. We have a leaflet that provides more information about the pieces. Please use it to roam about the library and discover Tool, Mind, Earth at your leisure.

The artists were involved in the 2015/2016 Robert Callender International Residency for Young Artists. Established in the name and spirit of the late artist Robert Callender, and reflecting his generosity towards fellow artists, RCIRYA is awarded annually by the Trust, Lateral Lab, to two young artists from Edinburgh College of Art and Japan at the start of their professional careers. The residency gives these artists opportunities to work and exhibit at Sea Loft studio in Kinghorn, Scotland, as well as various institutions in both Scotland and Japan.

Category: exhibitions