Christian Newby | Boredom> Mischief> Fantasy> Radicalism> Fantasy

Collective are delighted to present a new large-scale tapestry by Christian Newby in the City Dome.

13 May - 29 Aug 2021


Organised by:
Siobhan Scott www.collective-edinburgh.art
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Collective City Observatory
38 Calton Hill
Opening Times:
Thu10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun10:00am - 4:00pm

This new commission responds to the building, originally built to house an astronomical telescope, with a textile architectural intervention that divides the space, accompanied by a specially produced newspaper, An Illuminated Manual for Drawing with Carpet.

The new large-scale tapestry combines the artist’s mark-making with industrial carpet tufting to explore how questions of labour, authorship and materiality define the fine and applied arts. Made using an industrial hand-held carpet-tufting gun, Christian explores potential capacity of this machine as a mark-making tool rather than its primary function in a rote manufacturing process. By using the tufting tool’s nimbleness as an equivalent to a pencil, spray can, paintbrush, or tattoo needle, Christian questions how textile works are positioned between art and craft.

The images found within Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy subvert typical rug and textile design motifs.

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