Sep 8th 2019
Every Month we will showcase three Visual Arts Scotland members, spotlighting their work & practice.
These showcased members will be chosen by a monthly guest curator. The invited curator will select makers & artists that interest them from our amazing membership. This will be based on a theme of their choice.
Curator: Hugo Burge
Hugo Burge's life long love of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Sculpture has lead him to dedicate much of his energy to nurturing artists and makers.
Having restored Marchmont House in the Borders, Hugo activley supports sustainable arts and crafts and Scotland's creative community. Most recently Visual Arts Scotland and Marchmont House worked together with Craft Scotland and The Scottish Gallery to create the wonderful Conversations in Wood event.
The forthcoming Sculpture event at Marchmont House will bring together a world class group of speakers, an interesting mix of artists, curators, auctioneers, dealers, to explore Sculpture.
"We have an upcoming event in Sculpture on the 21st September, so perhaps I am now descending into a blinkered world of looking, seeking and trying to understand sculpture, but it is an excuse for selecting 3 sculptors.
The spaces I have been visualising to make work in within the muse walk and woods are growing in my imagination, painting the tree scape with torch light has felt like creating the stage set. Reflecting on the renewing cycles of life has brought me to begin seeing the motion, cycles, dynamic nature of nature and spaces and the human relation with that, to see the dance of life if you will imagine with me. I have also begun participating and assisting to inspire a 'deer dance' with a local contemporary dance group, with the choreographer claire pencak, which is giving me an insight into the dynamic world of movement, this insight will inform the works. I want to dance, move, find rhythms in the spaces next, I will be opening up the shutter of the camera again in low light, painting the scene and recording my movements within the space with a small light bulb, creating line drawings in the landscape with light. These I will use to inform the development of works to make in the spaces with material from the wood and landscape….. deep breaths… so excited….
Tell us a little bit about your artistic background/education
Local education authority recognised as Retard, University as dyslexic
followed by practice-based philosophical Doctorate in Icelandic crafts
Could you describe your practice?
Wide enquiry into making things happen in the land and sea scape,
reflecting on our relationship with nature
What are your art influences? Which contemporary artists/makers do you admire and why?
Greenlandic and northern hemisphere shamanic art and practice, Beuys,
Brancussi, Kandinsky, George Wyllie, Duncan Macmillan, Ian Stephens,
Anselm Kiefer, David Nash, Richard Harris, Herman Prigann.
Herman Prigann I spent time with while assisting Richard Harris for a 3
month symposiam building land art in luxamburg. This was possibly the
most influential moment of my art interest, we had been having a
protracted conversation for weeks about the role of the artist, and
Herman having been very patient with me sat me down and said an
artist makes art works for themselves. After that is was simple!
What makes a good day in the studio for you?
Not having to do any paperwork.
In the studio – music, audiobook, podcast, Radio 4 or silence?
I play and listen to many things, often enjoying woman’s hour, lately
shakeltons ‘South’ audio book, lots of podcasts specially science and
economics, but also really appreciate and need silence to get right into
What is coming up next for you and where can we see more of you work?
I have a fabulous land art commission with a sort of patron near where I
live, which I have been working on for the past year and will hopefully
continue for another few years. During this first year I having been
reviewing, reflecting, dreaming up and making physical manipulations in
the landscape as part of my proposal. The results of this work this past
year and I hope at least two years to come, I will present as a book for
each year and stage of the project, proposal, implementation and
renewal. These books, I hope, will be a visual representation of the
project and its stages, be works in themselves and share the whole thing
with a wider audience. Oh and I want to show a haystack at this years
VAS show at the RSA (if and when I get round to filling in the proposal