A Shared Aesthetic
Keith Thomson, Rodger Insh, and Stephen French share a history. They were all at Duncan of Jordanstone college of art during the 70s and exposed to the same influences, ideas and aesthetics. Since that time Thomson, Insh, and French have each developed very successful independent practices, but have chosen to come together in this exhibition to revisit the aesthetics of their formative years in the context of their current ideas.
For digital artist Keith Thomson, Generative or Algorithmic Art is central to his working method. Here, by way of an algorithm devised by the artist, a set of procedures is generated and executed by a computer. While this may seem to negate the idea of authorship, Thomson says, ‘ … the Generative Artist … (is) now able to produce digital artworks that display a recognizable individual style.’
Rodger Insh’s contribution to the exhibition sees a shift from his more recent realistic landscapes towards the more symbolic and structured approach of earlier years. Using the Iolaire disaster off the coast of Lewis, and the World War I poetry of Wilfred Owen, Insh is interested in making ‘visual poetry’, by means of a developmental process that relies on ‘contact and engagement with the surface’.
Locally based artist, Stephen French takes his inspiration from many and varied sources, and resists the notion of an artist having one ‘voice’. Instead he tries to ‘open … up to, and appropriate, any and whatever idea takes my fancy, as many different topics, styles, genres, tropes, cultures, theologies and materials as I can find’.
We feel the visual narrative generated by the graphic aesthetic adopted by these three artists creates an exciting and thought provoking exhibition here at Resipole Studios.