January - April 2016
DER VOGEL [THE BIRD]
An Exploration of Relic and Replica
Exhibition: 16/03 - 25/03 in the Studio Pavilion
Private View / Draw Party
Saturday 19th March 2pm - 4pm
Der Vogel [The Bird] is an exhibition, open studio and programme of engagement, which invites the viewer to explore the role of the replica and investigate our relationship with objects deemed to have an ‘aura of heritage.’
As part of her residency at House for an Art Lover, Carolyn Alexander has been investigating degrees of engagement with arts and heritage as facilitated by interaction with replica and reconstruction. House For an Art Lover, in addition to being a celebration of two of the city’s most innovative artists, is also an ambitious reconstruction, translating original drawings by Mackintosh and MacDonald into a physical structure nearly 100 years after its original conception.
This exhibition takes ‘Der Vogel’ - one of the few objects that you cannot touch in a space where you are given permission to touch everything, and interrogates its form through replication. Carolyn Alexander uses the carved bird, found in the Gallery of the Main Hall as a starting point in an investigation of the replication process, using a series of drawings, ceramic objects, and 3D prints. Each assemblage attempts to confront a different aspect of the evolution present in replication and how it affects our
experience of the ‘aura of heritage.’
Carolyn Alexander has long been fascinated by the ways in which we interact with art works and objects, particularly in a museum or gallery context, where touch is often forbidden for the sake of preservation.
About Carolyn Alexander
After investigating tactual art and sensory crossovers during her BA in Visual Communication at the Glasgow School of Art, she undertook an MSc Museum Studies, specialising in Artefact & Material Culture. This presented the opportunity to pursue her interests in an academic setting: investigating themes of authenticity, agency and materiality, and how they affect our relationships with objects.
In addition to being a celebration of two of the city’s most innovative artists, House For an Art Lover is also an ambitious reconstruction, translating original drawings by Mackintosh and MacDonald into a physical structure nearly 100 years after its original conception. This translation of the intangible to the tangible, and of artefact to replica, will form the basis of Carolyn’s research as artist in residence at House for an Art Lover. Rooted in the study of Material Culture and with a focus on the work of Mackintosh and MacDonald, she intends to investigate our relationship with objects deemed to have an ‘aura of heritage.’
She proposes to explore these interactions by breaking down the characteristics of the physical entity into taxonomies of design, materiality and origins of form that could contribute to this ‘aura’, and comparing each element to other Mackintosh sites around the city. These visual studies will be supported with a programme of public engagement, to permit further understanding of the relationships formed.
See more on the project at http://relicandreplica.tumblr.com/