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'Slow Objects'

Vanessa Billy, Edith Dekyndt and Erin Shirreff

21 Woodlands Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6DF

14 October – 17 December 2017

‘Slow Objects’ is an exhibition that brings together the work of three outstanding artists whose work explores the relationship between material and process, time and transformation. The exhibition includes a selection of new and recent works by Vanessa Billy (CH), Edith Dekyndt (BE) and Erin Shirreff (CA) three artists seldom seen in the UK. Including video, photography, sculpture and installation, ‘Slow Objects’ examines the way we perceive objects.

Vanessa Billy is known for sculptural works that utilise a wide range of familiar substances including waste materials and discarded objects that suggest human activity and our relationship with the world around us. Her practice is grounded in the physical qualities of these materials, providing a base from which to explore alchemical processes and cycles of energy and activity.

Edith Dekyndt’s practice includes a wide range of materials including salt, sugar, bread, milk, lemons, earth and blood. Familiar materials are used in unfamiliar ways, testing substances through a variety of natural processes – such as fermentation, absorption, desiccation and decay. Traces of these experimental processes are recorded in the work, which ranges from video and sculpture, to performance and installation.

Erin Shirreff’s work explores the material and temporal qualities of objects and images. Working with photography, video and sculpture, her work blurs the distinction between object and image to explore the process of recognition. Her works suggest the passing or understanding of time. From night turning to day or the passage of the sun across the surface of the moon, her works enable what she describes as “a drawn out encounter” with the object.

Billy, Dekyndt and Shirreff share an interest in natural processes, labour and the passage of time and in the relationship between materials, image, surface and form. All three practices include references to transformation, alchemy and the pseudo-scientific processes as they examine, explore and test the physical world that contains their work.

Vanessa Billy born 1978, Geneva. Lives and works in Zurich. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Dear Life’, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2017), ‘We Dissolve’, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (2016), 'Sustain, Sustain', Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2014) and ‘Three times a day’, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland (2011).

Edith Dekyndt born 1960, Ieper, Belgium. Lives and works in Tournai and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Air, rain, pain, wind, sweat, tears, fear, yeast, heat, pleasure, salt, dust, dreams, odors, noises, humidity’, DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2016), ‘Ombre indigène’, Wiels, Brussels (2016) and ‘Théoreme des Foudres’, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2015). Dekyndt participated in 'Viva Arte Viva' the 57th International Art Exhibition curated by Christine Macel for La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2017).

Erin Shirreff born 1975, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Lives and works in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Halves and Wholes’, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2016), ‘Erin Shirreff’, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass. (2015) and ‘Pictures’, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. (2013).

'Slow Objects' is supported by Pro Helvetia.

Edith Dekyndt, 'Slow Object 02', 1997/2016. Fabric stretched on frame, bread dough. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Talk / Chris Fite-Wassilak
Roundtable Conversation
Room for Reading / Vanessa Billy
Room for Reading / Edith Dekyndt

Opening Times

14 October – 17 December 2017
Wednesday - Sunday, 12 noon - 5pm and until 7pm on Thursday, and by appointment.

Informal Tours

Available every Sunday at 2pm.
No need to book - just turn up.

Group Visits

The Common Guild offers talks and tours for schools and colleges/educational organisations. If a group you work with would like to participate, please get in touch!

Supported by

Pro Helvetia