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Robert Powell

in EDINBURGH United Kingdom

Robert Powell has long been interested in encyclopaedic and organisational forms. His practice explores representations of reality that are universal, yet constantly subverted as they are enmeshed in a web of cultural and personal memory, of national histories and myths, always with the covering cherub of art history looming above. This interest was also exemplified his recent solo exhibition in Quebec City entitled ‘A Universal History of Iniquity’, which the artist has described as ‘a universal history viewed through the prism of Borges’ Aleph relocated to a Stockbridge basement.’

Biography

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Robert Powell has exhibited widely throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. In his career thus far he has been the recipient of several awards including the 2008 John Watson Award, the 2011 Benno Schotz Award from the RSA and the 2013 SSA Engramme Printmaking Exchange prize.
Powell has undertaken a number of residencies, including at the Akiyoshidai Art Village and the Yamaguchi Society for Contemporary Art in Japan in 2013, and was the contributing artist to the University of Glasgow symposium and subsequent publication Anti-Tales: The Uses of Disenchantment in 2010. He has recently been the painter in residence at Timespan in Helmsdale as part of their Paradigm North program.
Powell’s own publications include Shadow Bestiary (2008) and Macpherson’s Cave: Shadow and Enlightenment and Praise of Folly (both 2011). In his review of a recent show at the RSA, Duncan MacMillan wrote ‘the dark humour of Robert Powell’s brilliant comic print...is a delight.’

Currently has a solo exhibition 'Species of Space' at Edinburgh Printmakers until 16 July 2016.

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Species of Space

BY ROBERT POWELL
@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

Robert Powell has long been interested in encyclopaedic and organisational forms. His practice explores representations of reality that are universal, yet constantly subverted as they are enmeshed in a web of cultural and personal memory, of national histories and myths, always with the covering cherub of art history looming above. This interest was also exemplified his recent solo exhibition in Quebec City entitled ‘A Universal History of Iniquity’, which the artist has described as ‘a universal history viewed through the prism of Borges’ Aleph relocated to a Stockbridge basement.’

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/artist/robert-powell

 

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PAST VOL 33

Edinburgh @ Epworth Hall
Apr 22, 2016