Binge drinking and animal passions as Edinburgh goes Beyond the Frame in Falkirk

By Culture24 Reporter | 24 August 2011
An image of a painting of abstract shapes and layers in red, yellow, black, blue and green
© Scott McCracken
Exhibition: Beyond the Frame, theparkgallery, Falkirk, September 4 – November 5 2011

Falkirk welcomes a gang of painters from Edinburgh for Beyond the Frame, an exhibition of recent works by graduates from the Edinburgh College of Art.

Curated by local lad Scott McCracken, the emphasis is very much on the contemporary; from Kate Livingstone’s atom-concerned layers of luminosity to McCracken’s own interest in formalist approaches and Kathryn Roger’s exploration of binge drinking.

“It’s not made with an intention of condemning or naively glamorising inebriated behaviours,” she insists, focusing on the inhibition-busting escapism of one too many whiskies.

“I aim to highlight aspects of the human condition and sensations such as escapism through a recognition of the sensory, emotional and psychological effects of particular painting processes.”

Elsewhere, things get more pastoral. Rachel Beattie wants to subvert the traditional role of animals as metaphors for human existence through paintings which would make Morrissey proud.

“My aim is to confront the viewer with their own hypocrisy,” she says, dismayed at the “moral and ethical implications of using animals for our own gain while attempting to inspire a sense of compassion for individual suffering.”

“In humanity’s desire to elevate itself above the rest of existence, we have instead alienated ourselves from earth’s other sentient beings.”

Christine McSorley observes rock formations to paint two-dimensional plates, surfaces and volcanic matter, and Anna Bernard says her works “indulge in beauty” in trips to the countryside which ponder whether her childhood days out were as idyllic as they once seemed.

Loads of thought in this show, then, but also a snapshot of the quality their institution has spawned. “The college had a fantastic degree show this year,” says Gillian Smith, the Arts Development Officer at the Falkirk Community Trust.

“Beyond the Frame will highlight the quality of painting and provide an excellent opportunity to be surprised and provoked by the work.”

  • Open 10am-5pm (Sunday 2pm-5pm during September). Admission free.
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