Following on from the past two posts we’re going to look at the third of the four artists we worked with for the “Below Another Sky” collaborative programme developed by the Scottish Print Network, a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Highland Print Studio and Peacock Visual Arts.
Scott Myles (born Dundee, 1975) lives and works in Glasgow. He graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, in 1997. Over the last decade his solo exhibitions have been held in Tokyo, Berlin, Dundee, Glasgow, Los Angeles and Turin and his work is represented in many private and public national and international collections.
Scott Myles’ conceptually-based practice encompasses sculpture, installation, painting and print. His work is underpinned by an interest in language, linguistic play and dichotomy and represents a complex network of responses to social and physical infrastructures of all kinds.
Myles has produced a significant body of work in print. One recent example involved scaled-up facsimiles of ELBA branded manilla document folders. These screen-printed paper sculptures embody the way in which the artist layers allusions in his work to art lineage, social and economic history and autobiography. Myles uses folders in his studio to archive research papers and the scaled-up ELBA series match in width the height of the artist suggesting a performative aspect to the sculptures, in the form of containers the artist could conceivably lay down inside. Dominic Paterson has written recently about Myles’ dualistic approach to art making: ‘(Myles) uses screen printing to approximate both a readymade form redolent of desk work (and perhaps therefore of conceptual art), and mechanically applies a screen printed gestural brushstroke, the supposed mark of spontaneous manual creativity’.
Myles visited India and Bangladesh in October 2013. This was his first visit to these countries and he was able to work in a number of cities during this trip. Building upon this research visit, he developed his work in print with us.
“As a starting point for my journey around India and Bangladesh, I planned my itinerary around architecture, visiting Edwin Lutyens’ Delhi, Le Corbusier’s Capital Complex in Chandigarh and Louis Kahn’s wonderful parliament building in Dhaka. This speculative route offered me a kind of framework around which I would immerse myself in two challenging new countries and cultures. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to visit magnificent sites such as Humayun’s Tomb, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, and the 18th century observatory Jantar Mantar in Delhi. In Ahmedabad I was astounded by the Sarabhai Foundation Calico Textile Museum. It was while visiting Ahmedabad I discovered the work of architect Charles Correa, at the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. Curiously, this research led me to a pertinent quotation; “ALL RESEARCH WILL BE USELESS IF IT IS NOT ALLIED TO INTERNAL RESEARCH.” These words of Mahatma Gandhi have informed my artwork for ‘Below Another Sky’; a new print, along with two others based on instructional signage. ‘SWAPPING POCKETS’ and ‘GIMME SHELTER’ are codified reflections on my residency.”
– Scott Myles, 2014
‘ALL RESEARCH WILL BE USELESS IF IT IS NOT ALLIED TO INTERNAL RESEARCH’, ‘SWAPPING POCKETS’ and ‘SEARCH AND RESEARCH’ are available to buy but unfortunately not on our online shop. Contact us directly if you are interested.