Two Forthcoming Events at Peacock Visual Arts

David Rushton - Memory Maps
Sat 23 Feb - Sat 5 Apr 2008

This exhibition by David Rushton includes meticulous model interiors of an artist's workplace; the artist's studios, gallery, conceptual art museum, factory and classroom. A founder member of the Analytical Art Group in the 1960s and later a member of Art & Language, Rushton explores the cultural and material conditions of working in art as an unfinished ongoing narrative. Rushton was also artist-in-residence in Tillydrone between July and December 2007.

Associated Events:
Opening Fri 22 Feb 2008, 6 - 8pm
Artist Talk by David Rushton Thu 13 Mar 6pm
Admission to all events is free

Owen Logan - Over a Barrel
Tue 26 Feb – Sat 5 Apr 2008

2008 sees the 20th anniversary of Piper Alpha, the worst offshore oil disaster to have occurred in the North Sea. This year heralds no less controversy concerning the oil industry or its environmental impact. The Health and Safety Executive and trade unionists have voiced safety concerns while citizens’ pressure groups criticise energy policy which is torn between the priorities of climate change and oil-dependent growth. The devastation of Iraq is also yet to be separated from the accusation of a resource war with oil as the motivating factor. Public discussion about the ‘black gold’ has never been so intense.

On show at Peacock Visual Arts is the first in sequence of displays this year in Aberdeen by the photographer Owen Logan, a research fellow with the Oil Lives oral history project at the University of Aberdeen and with the Flammable Societies project at the Christian Michelsens Institute in Bergen.

Working in a variety of ways Logan’s work on the oil economy persistently raises the critical relationship between oil and democracy. As he says “it’s not so much that oil and democracy don’t mix but more that the oil economy reveals the dubious nature of modern democracy.” Polemical although hardly impertinent, critical but not pessimistic, and interested above all in how ordinary people practically organise a more meaningful everyday politics, this work represents a proactive engagement with the resources of hope in a more democratic future.