Embassy Graduate Show Curated by Alan Holligan with Exhibition Text by Jennie Temple



ContemporaryArtETC are delighted to be supporting CUT/PASTE a show of recent graduates at the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh.

The exhibition which is centered around the theme of collage and assemblage was conceived and selected by ContemporatArtETC course leader Alan Holligan after his voyage around the degree shows for Art World magazine.

In the most important times in our existence we try to make sense of our place and time by cutting up the past and re-ordering the future.

At the turn of the 20th century collage and assemblage came to the fore as a legitimate means of visual and cultural expression. The lineage of this act of creative destruction can be traced to the invention of paper in China in 200BC but it was the rise of Modernism that necessitated a technique, which took the pre-existing: the already, and tore, cut and slashed it before it was re-proposed giving rise to new understanding and meaning.

The artists who feature in CUT/PASTE have graduated during the most turbulent and uncertain of times. Nearly a full century since Picasso and Braque re-defined collage by taking the subject of the café and colliding it with the surface of the painting they are acutely aware of the contextual past & present and do not shy away or hide from it.

Alan Holligan 2009


Embassy graduates show 2009

19th September – 11th October

Thurs – Sun 12-6pm

Katherine Gallacher, Johnathan Long, Travis Souza, Diane Edwards, Thomas Nolan, Omar Z. Bhatia, Mikhak Mirmahmoudi

Selected by Alan Holligan