Iain Patterson: Balance at Summerhall in Edinburgh is one of four exhibitions kicking-off this year’s programme. Exploring the possibilities of improvisation in abstract painting and drawing, Balance is the first public exhibition to take place since 2018 in the newly reopened Lab Gallery, which has large windows overlooking the Meadows and was for many years home to an archival Joseph Beuys exhibition. Iain is a former Edinburgh College of Art painting and drawing lecturer who uses improvisation and deliberate technical limitations to create inventive, abstract work within deliberately constrained structures. Relying on spontaneous impulse and action, he explores the natural world and improvised music.
The arts centre has three other exhibitions running concurrently with Balance: Abigail Simmonds’ Space Becomes Time sees its upstairs Meadows Galleries filled with lifebuoys, corrugated sheeting, table tennis balls and many other carefully chosen objects painstakingly covered in sequins, while in the War Memorial and Sciennes Galleries, James Sinfield and Radoslaw Liwen’s Remote Control delves into the anthropocene, exploring the many ways in which humans impact their environment; and in the Corner Gallery, photographer David Williams’ Cedar Tree – Tofuku-ji Zen Temple, Kyoto and flow…(extracts), both from his 2003-2009 series, one taste: (n)ever-changing, reflect on notions of time, space and self within the context of Buddhist temples and wider aspects of Japanese life.