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Solo show: Tommy Grace - Dummy / Gallery II (over)

4 April 2009 until 13 June 2009
  Tommy Grace - Dummy / Gallery II
Tommy Grace, Study for Dummy (2009)
 
  Ingleby Gallery

Ingleby Gallery
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Edinburgh (Scotland) EH8 8DL
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For this show, Grace draws on his alter-ego as a graphic designer, using the industry's standard filler text Lorem Ipsum as his starting point for a series of collages. Lorem Ipsum has been in use since the 1500s, and derives from Cicero's 45BC treatise on ethics, 'The Extremes of Good and Evil'. Though five centuries have elapsed, its function remains unchanged: to emphasize form over meaningful content so the reader is not distracted. Grace has designed and printed his own 'meaningless' newspaper to make a series of intricate formal patterns; subtle allegories for the ways in which we see (or fail to see) that which is before us.

Another historical source lies behind two new lithographs, published by the gallery, which Grace will present within floor-standing wooden structures. The four sculptures atop the sarcophagi of Michelangelo's Medici Chapel - Day & Night, Dawn & Dusk - are some of his most puzzling and enigmatic works. Using found photographs of the rough-hewn, unseen backs of each figure, Grace has printed each coupling in vivid contrasting colours onto both sides of a sheet of Japanese paper. Seen from front or back, one figure merges with the other as light passes through the translucent paper, creating a beguilingly beautiful riddle of these allegorical figures, who embody the transience of life.

Tommy Grace was born Edinburgh in 1979 and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2002. He currently lives with artist Kate Owens in London with whom he also works collaboratively as Grace & Owens. The pair were co-founders and curators of influential artist run gallery The Embassy in Edinburgh from 2003-2006, and were nominated for Becks Futures in 2006. Recent exhibitions include: Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennale (2007); I can't live withoutů The Showroom, London (2007); and A Colour Box, Arcade, London (2008).

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