Blair McLaughlin: Depart de Biscottes

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Depart de biscottes


April 13th - May 1st 2017

P.V. Wednesday April 12th 6-8pm

Arusha Gallery

13A Dundas Street EH3 6QG

‘Depart de biscottes,’ is a French expression for a difficult start; Biscottes is a kind of dried toast commonly eaten for breakfast; they are very fragile and tend to break easily. It can be used to explain the situation of looking at a past event from the present perspective and seeing that the task you thought was difficult was actually very easy.  

Blair’s paintings are amalgamations of meticulous research and explorations into violence, politics and philosophy. He is interested in what is our shared reality? Politically his work questions what time are we in? And if all of us in the same time? 

The paintings do not singularly operate inside the scope of violence – they are influenced heavily by the world of paint –Blair does not think in words of concepts but in images and references. Historical shifts in thought and reality can be seen in paintings of the past. Courbet’s ‘L’Origine du monde’ or Caravaggio’s ‘Judith beheading Holofernes.’ Have something to say about the past and our current present reality.

Blair has spent a few months travelling to Florence, Antwerp, Rotterdam and New York on residences and scholarships. Primarily looking at paintings from the Renaissance, and studying Dromology and the logic of speed. 

The work on show is a combination of his interest in Violence, Speed and Politics, Reality, War and Life. This is Blair’s perspective of our current shared reality. The paintings are colourful and energetic. They are relatively simple and very beautiful, but upon deeper inspection the undertones of violence and tragedy shimmer through. The paint is delicious and precarious. An innocent girl placing her hand into Pandora’s box is juxtaposed next to a horse subsuming to something more serious.

About the Artist:

Scottish born Blair McLaughlin studied his BA (Hons) Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with an erasmus exchange École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole, graduating in 2014. He then went on to study his MLitt Fine Art Practice in Drawing at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2016. Between 2014 and 2017, Blair has been the recipient of several residencies and awards, most recently he has travelled to Florence with the RSA John Kinross Travel Scholarship and to Antwerp and Brittany with the Locality Residency. Blair has also become the recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant 2017

About the Gallery:

Founded in 2013, Arusha Gallery has its permanent premises in Dundas Street Edinburgh where it presents a yearly programme of exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists working both in Scotland as well as Internationally. In addition to regular solo and group exhibitions, the gallery also presents pop up exhibitions and presentations at art fairs in the UK and Europe. 

About the Exhibition:

Artist: Blair McLaughlin

Dates: April 13th - May 1st 2017. Private View: Wednesday April 12th 6-8pm

Address: Arusha Gallery. 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG

Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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