Paul Carter: Icaro Menippus (x2)
Intimate, mixed media works by the late artist, exhibited at Edinburgh Art Festival
This article is from 2014.
Paul Carter was a lively participant in the art scene in Edinburgh when he tragically died in a car crash in 2006. A tutor at ECA, he was also on the board of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as they began the fundraising process for their new premises at Hawthornvale. This exhibition, the first major recreation of his work since he died, stages three major installations shown in Edinburgh and Cardiff in 2002 and 2003.
The works evoke lone individuals, enthusiasts, survivors, fugitives. ‘Moses’ Basket’ is a huge egg-shaped helium balloon, fitted out in homespun fashion: an escape pod, or a spaceship for the intrepid traveller. ‘Daedalus’ is a kind of floating allotment, complete with shed with a stove and life-jacket, suggesting a cheerful kind of survival on a post-apocalyptic planet.
’13’ is the darkest work in the show, a sealed room viewed through a peppering of bullet holes, which together create the image of a face – Jesus, perhaps, or Che Guevara. The inhabitant of this world, with his mattress and his record player, might be holding out against a hostile world or making an assault against it. More than ten years on, Carter’s work is as interesting and pertinent as ever.
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 551 4490, until 30 Aug, free.