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alec finlay - gathering
5 April 2019 until 18 May 2019
W OR M
This exhibition brings together recent place-aware projects: gathering, a mapping of the Cairngorms in poems, essays, photographs, and maps, created for The Fife Arms, Braemar, commissioned by Hauser & Wirth; a wolf among men a man among wolves, detailing innovative woodland remediation at Mar lodge and humandwolves at Trees for Life, Dundreggan, commissioned by Common Ground; Wild City, a survey of wild nature and the potential of urban rewilding, in Glasgow; and Hutopianism, celebrating the hut and bothy movement, from an installation at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Featured artworks include a place-aware map of Mar Lodge estate created from collections of place-names assembled by Adam Watson, covering ruined farms, shielings, hills, glens, springs, burns, and woods in the region, offering an ecopoetic record that suggests the potential of rewilding. The book, gathering, is a place-aware account of the Cairngorms, accompanied by photographs – collaborations with Hannah Devereux and Mhairi Law are included in the exhibition – that record the hills in their seasonal variety, with essays guiding the reader to names that reveal the haunts of wolves and wildcats, and cast a vivid impression of the pinewoods that once grew there and may again. The ecological richness of the hill is expressed in a new audio collaboration with Chris Watson featuring recordings of totemic species.