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9 FEBRUARY - 5 APRIL 2007
We are delighted to announce the unveiling of Dark Light, a new project by the painter Alison Watt, made as a result of, and partially funded by, a Creative Scotland Award from the Scottish Arts Council.
Viewed from the outside Dark Light is a starkly simple sculpture: a large metal cube hand tooled in anodised aluminium that looks like it might have landed in the gallery from outer space, or more specifically perhaps from planet Judd, a far off world cast from the mould of 1960s American minimalism. It is a beautiful and exquisitely pared down structure with a door hidden in one side that opens to reveal a small dark room. As you enter, the walls and floor and ceiling appear deep black but, as the eye adjusts to the dim light, painted images on the walls and ceiling creep into focus revealing pictures of black cloth in deep swathes. It is a strange and quietly unsettling experience, a painting that can literally be stepped into: the logical conclusion perhaps of the increasingly engulfing paintings that have secured Watt's reputation over the past 10 years.
Alison Watt is currently artist in residence at the National Gallery in London and a major exhibition of her work will be held there in the spring of 2008. Last year her painting Still, now permanently installed in the Memorial Chapel Old St Paul's Church in Edinburgh's Jeffrey Street, won the national ACE award for art in a religious space. Watt was born in Glasgow in 1965 and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1983-1988. She has exhibited widely including, most recently, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.
We are grateful to Designs in Metal, Edinburgh, for their expertise and support in the fabrication of this project. Alison Watt is available for interview.
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