Julie Favreau: She century (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Julie Favreau: She century

Crammed single-room show loses focus

One of the Edinburgh Art Festival’s 2015 commissions created under the ‘Improbable City’ banner, this single-room show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art manages to cram a lot in, although that’s perhaps its weakest point. There are seven distinct items here, and they appear to bear no relation to one another. While it’s interesting to see various elements of Canadian artist Julie Favreau’s work, the effect is to create a sense of uncomfortable overlap when viewing, making it harder to focus on one item.

The title piece is perhaps the most penetrable. Over a five-minute film installation, we see a woman – Favreau herself? – in a garden, miming finding the edges of a solid structure around her, even as obelisk-like black shields appear to fence her in. In another scene, the shape of what appears to be a razor blade has been laid out on the grass in cable. She picks it up, whipping the ground as she goes.

The other film piece, ‘Hunting at Night’, shows her scratching at the floor of a country path, taking on the role of hunter even as the projection onto acrylic creates an eerily twilight effect. There’s a distinct feminist undertone to these pieces, although it’s less apparent in angular sculptural works and black fabric floor-to-ceiling hanging pieces.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 624 62000, until 30 Aug, free.

The Improbable City

  • 3 stars

Seven international artists have been commissioned to create work in a series of unlikely and forgotten locations across the city.