Hard edge, Soft line
David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
8 – 30 September 2012
David Dale Gallery are pleased to present Hard edge, Soft line, an exhibition of new work by Carla Scott Fullerton. During a six week residency in the gallery space, Fullerton has worked through sculpture, drawing and print to develop an exhibition characterised by an intuitive, yet practical application of materials and spatial relationships.
Using materials such as steel, concrete, bricks and glass, Fullerton’s sculptural forms reference monumentality or architectural language – their abstract condition recalling an object in the process of either being built or dismantled, familiar yet unrecognisable. These structures, developed through a brutal sensitivity of materials, frame the ephemeral nature of all built forms – monumental or domestic – as if built to fall. The parity of these materials, as cut through all architecture, is underlined – with economies of application and scale as the sole factors of separation. The construction of these forms is a process marked by experimentation, and the pleasure of process, as its own end. Structures grow and populate the space; large objects take form from details of their predecessors.
Created is a composition of intersecting lines and surface, both referent and divergent to the architecture in which it is housed. This is reflected through Fullerton’s print work, the forms and angles mimetic of the sculptures’ appearance and arrangement. Shapes are layered, and positioned against each other both on the paper’s surface and in the gallery space. The constituent parts, like scattered detritus from a defaced monument, speak of coherence just out of grasp. Folded rebar appears as symbols in an undecipherable language, wrapped around the heavy punctuation of objects. Hard edge, Soft line acting as a rhetoric, as well as, aesthetic indicator.