David Batchelor and Nikolai Suetin

This article is from 2007.

David Batchelor

White squares and bleached-out rectangles

Now in its tenth year as one of Edinburgh’s established independent galleries, the Ingleby has chosen to mark the occasion with a series of 26 small-scale shows which present a work by a well-known contemporary artists alongside another ‘complementary’ art object of the artist’s choice.

‘The theory,’ says the gallery’s director Richard Ingleby, ‘is that these displays form one big exhibition which takes a year to unravel. One of the points from which the whole idea sprang is this forthcoming exhibit, which places the work of David Batchelor alongside that of Nikolai Suetin.’

This display, then, works as a kind of companion piece to Batchelor’s current Talbot Rice show, pairing a piece by the Dundonian artist – who devises new forms from salvaged detritus and found urban tableau – with a painting by the early 20th century Russian suprematist Suetin.

‘I was very keen on showing a piece of David’s entitled “Found Monochromes of London’’,’ says Ingleby. ‘It’s a carousel of 81 slide photographs taken between 1997 and 2003, which show a series of blank rectangles he’s found within the city’s landscape. These aren’t meant to be blank; they’re mostly bleached-out signs and notices which age have gotten the better of. So the idea of running complementary pieces came to me when I saw a piece by Suetin entitled “White Square”, a fantastic museum-quality piece of its time which is essentially a collaged white square. The idea, then, is that the two similar pieces, when shown together, form a kind of conversation with one another’.

Ingleby Gallery, 556 4441, 11–23 Aug, Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, free.

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