Place an object in an empty space
Look at it
Turn the object 90°
Now look at it again
W or M

The W OR M
Peacock Visual Arts is launching ‘The W OR M’, a new space for discussion, deliberation and action from the ground up. The programme will engage – in artistic, social, economic and environmental terms with the city of Aberdeen and its possible futures, holding a space for the political without pre-empting the answers or the alliances that might emerge. The programme will consist of exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops and events bringing together artists, academics, businesses, community groups and citizens.

Peacock Visual Arts awarded Creative Scotland Open Project Funding
Funding from Creative Scotland has allowed Peacock Visual Arts to relocate the delivery of its artistic programme to a renovated, former shop unit in Aberdeen’s historic Castlegate. Peacock has commissioned Aberdeen-born, Glasgow-based artist Raydale Dower who initiated Le Drapeau Noir, now the Old Hairdressers (Glasgow), to design and transform the space into its new project room, The W OR M.

Located less than 100m from our printmaking and digital workshops, The W OR M will provide renewed public visibility with a positive impact on the city and Peacock Visual Arts, helping to activate Aberdeen’s former market square as a social space now dedicated to discussion, the exchange of ideas, radical action and creative practice.

The Gift by Raydale Dower
12 August – 2 September 2017, 10am – 5pm
Preview: 11 August 2017, 6-8pm. All Welcome.

The Gift, by artist Raydale Dower will be the inaugural exhibition to mark the launch of The W OR M and presents new work including a recreation of Man Ray’s Cadeau (1921), a diptych of large scale silkscreen prints, presenting two views of the ‘found object’, a city wide print campaign and a series of permanent interventions for The W OR M.

In the lead up to and during the exhibition, a print edition by Dower will be distributed across the city. These numbered silkscreen prints, displayed as ‘posters’ in various locations including cafés, shops and small businesses, will function as a whispering campaign or un-marketing strategy permeating the city. In addition to the informal locations, a series of civic and commercial organisations, with cultural and personal resonance to Dower, have been invited to host one of eight sets of framed prints: Aberdeen Quaker Meeting House, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Pittodrie Football stadium, Police Scotland’s North East Divisional Headquarters, Bridge of Don Academy Art Department, Codona’s Amusement Park, the Philosophy Department at University of Aberdeen and The Blue Lamp public house. Each diptych set is framed in reclaimed church pews, sourced during the renovation of The W OR M.

The gesture of giving the work away is matched in significance with the reciprocal act of hosting the work, in return the host may choose to keep, return or pass on the work. The distribution of free to collect prints across the city underlines Peacock’s cultural heritage and provides opportunities for chance encounters outwith the gallery, encouraging multiple readings of the work and an exploration of cultural exchange.

The Gift – two views of the same object is inspired by Man Ray’s surrealist object of the same title Cadeau (Fr. gift). Dower has recreated the iconic artwork with everyday objects, an old flat iron and carpet tacks, found in his parent’s house in Aberdeen and produced an edition of silkscreen prints that present the found object from two alternate views:

My mother was given an old iron by an old family friend when she was 6 years old. For as long as I can remember this iron lived on the floor of the guest room.

One day looking at it closely, I realised it was very similar to the iron used by the artist Man Ray for his surrealist object ‘The Gift’.

Seeing the old iron in a new light, and with fresh eyes, I placed it on the mantle piece of the guest room where, in my mind, it had become an art object. The next time I visited my parents the iron was back on the floor.

Raydale Dower, 2017

About the Artist:

Raydale Dower (b. 1973, Aberdeen)
Artist / Musician

Raydale Dower’s practice is wide-ranging and diverse with a sculptural approach to installations and events, objects and situations, informed by research and personal experience coupled with a long-term interest in anarchic philosophy and its relationship to avant-garde movements.

A key element, maintained across Dower’s projects, is an interest in the treatment of space through the lens of cultural and social signifiers. Combined with a DIY ethos Dower often activates the potential within spaces or found objects provoking a shift in perspective and a demonstration of a new use.

Raydale Dower (born 1973 in Aberdeen) studied Sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee (1997) and received an MDes in Sound for the Moving Image from The Glasgow School of Art (2011). Exhibitions and projects include: The only way to do it is to do it, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow (2015); Continue without losing consciousness Dundee Contemporary Arts (2014); Caesura, Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art (2014); The Glasgow Weekend, Volksbühne Theatre, Berlin (2013); Piano Drop, Tramway, Glasgow (2011) realised with a Creative Scotland Vital Spark Award; On Memory and Chance, The Changing Room, Stirling (2011); Beethoven’s 5th(X8), Art Basel, Miami Beach, Miami (2010); Le Drapeau Noir for 2010 Glasgow International Festival (realised with an Open Glasgow Award); and The Associates, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2009). Secret Agent, Glasgow International 2008.

Dower co-founded bands Uncle John & Whitelock (2001–6) and Tut Vu Vu (2007–ongoing). He lives and works in Glasgow.