Casting Light: Andrew Gannon at Fruitmarket Edinburgh

Andrew Gannon, 'Drawing Limb, Still Life. Jonnie Peacock’s Leg (after Matisse)' 2020. Photo courtesy Chris Scott 
Andrew Gannon, 'Drawing Limb, Still Life. Jonnie Peacock’s Leg (after Matisse)' 2020. Photo courtesy Chris Scott 

Title:
Andrew Gannon Impressions

Times:
Daily, 11:00 - 18:00

From: 10 Dec 2022

To: 8 Jan 2023

Venue:
Fruitmarket
45 Market Street
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH1 1DF

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Edinburgh-based sculptural artist Andrew Gannon follows-up his exhibition at last year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, with a series of new works for a solo exhibition at the city’s Fruitmarket Warehouse, focusing on the production of prosthetic limbs. The series comprises sculptures created from clusters of hollow modular forms, cast from the artist’s left arm and mirroring the process of producing prosthetics.

Taking its name – Impressions – from that process, the exhibition prompts us to consider the possibilities and purposes of human prosthetics, and how visible disabilities are. It includes a series of live drawing performances* with Gannon using an elongated prosthetic, inspired by the drawing sticks used by Henri Matisse. The resultant work will be incorporated into the exhibition as the performances progress.

Andrew, who has a congenital limb difference, has said, ‘This new work comes from a decision to centre my own disability in my practice. That is not to say that it is ‘exclusively about’ disability, but that it comes from a position of lived experience of a particular disability’. The exhibition echoes attempts by many galleries, including the Fruitmarket, to address disability, often through engagement programmes, and, it’s hoped will prove a further step towards giving disability a more central space in exhibition programmes.

* 2-6pm, 9th and 16th December and 3rd January.

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