SWAPPING POCKETS 2014
Scott Myles (1975 – )
- 102 x 72 cm
- Unique screenprint
- Accession number
Scott Myles was born in Dundee in 1975. Myles’ conceptually-based practice encompasses sculpture, installation, painting and print. His work is underpinned by an interest in language, linguistic play and dichotomy and represents a complex network of responses to social and physical infrastructures of all kinds.
‘As a starting point for my journey around India and Bangladesh, I planned my itinerary around architecture, visiting Edwin Lutyens’ Delhi, Le Corbusier’s Complex in Chandigarh and Louis Kahn’s wonderful parliament building in Dhaka. This speculative route offered me a kind of framework around which I would immerse myself in two challenging new countries and cultures. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to visit magnificent sites such as Humayun’s Tomb, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, and the 18th century observatory Jantar Mantar in Delhi. In Ahmedabad I was astounded by the Sarabhai Foundation Calico Textile Museum. It was while visiting Ahmedabad I discovered the work of architect Charles Correa, at the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. Curiously, this research led me to a pertinent quotation; “ALL RESEARCH WILL BE USELESS IF IT IS NOT ALLIED TO INTERNAL RESEARCH.” These words of Mahatma Gandhi have informed my artwork for ‘Below Another Sky’; a new print, along with two others based on instructional signage. ‘SWAPPING POCKETS’ and ‘GIMME SHELTER’ are codified reflections on my residency.’[i]
Below another sky was the first collaborative programme developed by the Scottish Print Network, a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Highland Print Studio, Inverness and Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.
10 artists from Scotland and 10 from Commonwealth countries were invited to undertake research residencies during 2013 and 2014. Artists from Scotland travelled to Antigua, Baffin Bay, Bangladesh, Canada, India, New Zealand and Zambia; artists from Australia, Canada, India and Pakistan were on residency in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
Each artist worked with one of the five print studios on the development of ambitious and innovative new work in print, taking full advantage of the excellent range of resources, equipment and expertise available through each organisation.
Below another sky takes its name from the poem ‘Travel’, published in 1865 by the Edinburgh-born author Robert Louis Stevenson.
[i] Scott Myles