Meaningful Structures: Benet Reid & Richard Marsden at Upright Gallery Edinburgh

Richard Marsden, 'Linear Forms II'
Richard Marsden, 'Linear Forms II'

Benet Reid & Richard Marsden: Structure : Meaning

Wed - Fri 11:00 - 17:00, Sat 12:00 - 16:00

From: 9 Mar 2024

To: 29 Mar 2024

Upright Gallery
3 Barclay Terrace
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH10 4HP

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A new exhibition at Upright Gallery in Edinburgh brings together two Scottish printmakers Benet Reid & Richard Marsden, who work in an abstract style – Marsden with the formal relationships of form and colour, and Benet with expression and meaning.

Richard Marsden’s practice derives from his interest in architecture, particularly the construction of concrete buildings. His most recent works, on show here, mark a subtle yet significant development in the way he approaches his art. Previously, he used a system of photographs and drawings as reference for his output, whereas these works are more process-led. With no planned visual outcome, they are created by gradually adding layers of ink, each reacting to the last, experimenting with saturation, tone and lightness of colour and composition. 

Benet Reid, ‘ttm-flare orig burgundy’

When lost among materials and processes, Benet Reid hopes something will emerge with a language and meaning of its own. He feels that making pictures answers a deep desire to release expression and, if successful, open a pathway to meaning without language. His artworks often draw upon lost versions of himself, from playing street football in Brazil or suffering poor mental health in the South Atlantic, to winning critical acclaim for comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe or ‘failing at graffiti’ in East Anglia.

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