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Collective

Christian’s new commission responds to the historic City Dome at Collective, originally built to house an astronomical telescope, with a large-scale textile and an accompanying printed newspaper.

Flower-Necklace-Cargo-Net combines Christian’s mark-making with industrial carpet tufting to explore how questions of labour, authorship and materiality define the fine and applied arts. Made using an industrial hand-held carpet-tufting gun, Christian explores the potential capacity of this machine as a mark-making tool rather than its primary function in a rote manufacturing process. By using the tufting tool’s nimbleness as an equivalent to a pencil, spray can, paintbrush, or tattoo needle, Christian questions how textile works are positioned between art and craft.

Images found within the work subvert typical rug and textile design motifs such as flowers, birds and shells with free-hand organic forms, pictorially contained by a large net that envelopes the whole tapestry, alluding to our shared experience of enclosure during the Covid-19 lockdowns.A newspaper which accompanies the work, Ornaments and Crimes, offers a context for the tapestry and includes

Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy

Artist

Christian Newby

Venue

Collective

City Observatory 38 Calton Hill Edinburgh EH7 5AA

0131 556 1264

mail@collective-edinburgh.art

www.collective-edinburgh.art

Opening times

13 May – 29 August

Tuesday – Sunday

10am – 5pm

Visitor information

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Toilets
  • Babychange
  • Café
  • Shop
  • Bike Stand

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Photo of Collective venue in Edinburgh, photographed by Tom Nolan.

Collective

Collective’s unique home on Calton Hill features the historic City Observatory, City Dome, and a new purpose-built exhibition space.

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Collective

City Observatory 38 Calton Hill Edinburgh EH7 5AA

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