Milestone | Exhibition 2009
While viewers could watch the process of twelve new works in stone being produced in the forecourt of Edinburgh College of Art, there was also the opportunity to visit the indoor element of the Milestone Live Carve and Exhibition. This was an exhibition of photographs, films and objects gathered during STONE research travel investigating the ways in which stone is worked and understood across the world.
Large format photographic prints documented monolithic quarries and machinery, details of tools and techniques as well as the demanding physical aspects of working with stone. A group of smaller images recorded the individual hands of stone workers and artists encountered during the three years of research. A selection of tools were displayed offering an opportunity to look in detail at the variation and similarity in tools used by sculptors and stoneworkers worldwide.
Documentary films added further layers, capturing astonishing working practices. These can now be viewed in the Film Gallery of the STONE website.
"the whole exhibition has the feel and texture of stone" Emma Duncan
"just awakens an impulse to cut and carve stone" David Penman
"the importance of knowing where everything comes from in our modern world is more than amply shown in this exhibition. I shall haverst my own stone for hand carving!" Clare Johnson
A series of lectures were delivered over the course of the month of August, exploring stone from multi-varied perspectives and academic disciplines, held in the Milestone Indoor Exhibition space.
Wednesday 5th August
‘Cool Stone: Hot Hands' Dr Jeanne Cannizzo, Social Anthropologist, University of Edinburgh
Taking a single stone object, probably carved from a Mezcala River pebble in ancient western Mexico, Dr Cannizzo will explore what can be deduced from scholarly research and a physical examination of the object. Then the multiple meanings which might have become attached to this thing as it moves from ornament to artefact, to junk shop 'treasure', to its latest incarnation as her personal talisman, will be suggested. All of these meanings revolve, at some level, around the carving's materiality and tactility.
Wednesday 12th August
‘The Geology of Scotland' Andrew McMillan, Geologist, British Geological Survey
British Geological Survey © NERC. IPR/134-73C
Andrew is a geologist from the British Geological Survey, based in Edinburgh. With his expertise on Scottish geology, this seminar will introduce the material stone and how it is formed with a special emphasis on the use of natural stone in the Scottish landscape.
Wednesday 19th August
'Green treasures from the magic moutains: Neolithic axeheads of jadeitite and other Alpine rocks' Dr Alison Sheridan, Head of Early Prehistory Archeaology Department, National Museums Scotland, In Association with VARIE
The axe-heads are powerful talismans in the ancient stories of how the world began. Such was the belieg in their innate power and extreme value that, occasionaly, individual speciments would be deliberately broken and shared around. Dr Alison Sheridan discussed the complex history of stone as a source of power, and the effort pre-historic stone workers went to in order to gather the specific stones they needed, and the transportation of material over huge distances.
Wednesday 19th August
‘STONE project and Milestone Exhibition: An introduction' - Professor Jake Harvey and Joel Fisher, eca
STONE project is a three-year research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, based at Edinburgh College of Art and led by Professor Jake Harvey, Professor Noe Mendelle (Head of Film and Television) and Joel Fisher (Sculptor).
The project involves researching relevant stone craft skills in a global context - a rich repository that, like the material itself, has accumulated over a long timescale. Many traditional stone working techniques are in danger of being lost. Is the material of stone destined to become culturally peripheral, or can it be revisited and invigorated in new ways? Professor Harvey and Joel Fisher will expand on some of the research so far undertaken by STONE project and introduce the reasons behind holding Milestone.
Wednesday 26th August
‘Peter Randall-Page: A Life's work' Peter Randall-Page'
Peter will be giving an illustrated talk about his sculpture, drawings and prints from the last 25 years including of the very latest work produced for his major solo exhibition currently on at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
22 July - The List - Festival special. Milestone included in the Sculpture feature (also online)
29 July - Milestone mentioned in The Skinny's Edinburgh Art Festival preview (http://www.theskinny.co.uk/article/46470-eaf-a-skinny-guide )
30 July - Milestone and talks programme featured in the Audience Business's Visual Arts Bulletin.
31 July - Milestone carve previewed in The Metro.
1 Aug - Milestone featured in The Herald's Art, Books & Cinema supplement Gallery pages (a short 150 word preview).
5 Aug - Feature in The List (5 August) about sculpture shows at the Edinburgh Art Festival this year, including good detail about Milestone with quotes from Joel Fisher and Jake Harvey.
9 August - Scotland on Sunday feature about edinburgh Art Festival shows, including side panel with details of Milestone.
13 August - Milestone featured in overall ‘Top 20 Things to Do' hitlist. Visual art section of this issue includes hitlist inclusion and 4-star review of Milestone.
13 Aug - Milestone featured in The Pulse magazine, rounding-up best of the Festival.
16 August - Scotland on Sunday ‘At Home' supplement includes a mention of Milestone on the Style Bible / What's On page.
17 August - Edinburgh Evening News feature about glacial erratics being used by sculptor Atsuo Okamoto, which were found at the tramworks at Gogar roundabout.
20 August - feature about the Milestone carve in Southern Reporter (Borders paper) including interview with Jake Harvey.
21 August - feature about the Milestone carve in Newport Daily Express (Vermont, USA) including interview with sculptor Joel Fisher, originally from Vermont.
25 August - review of Milestone in The Times.
27 August - Milestone featured in the Visual Art Hitlist of The List magazine.
‘Art of Stone' review by Duncan Macmillan, The Scotsman
24 June Art Daily.com www.artdaily.com link to page: http://www.artdaily.com/section/news/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=31639&b=Milestone
Edinburgh Art Festival film about Milestone (posted on EAF website and You Tube):
5 August: BBC online news item about the Edinburgh Art Festival opening with details about Milestone. The news item with two great images from the Milestone carve (the only images used on the piece) later had the BBC Reporting Scotland TV news item embedded in it. The film includes very good footage of the carve and interviews with the sculptors:
Review on The List magazine: http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/19512-milestone/
Review on The Skinny website: (18 Aug) http://www.theskinny.co.uk/article/96494-milestone-eca
Wednesday 5 August: Radio Scotland - Milestone mentioned as part of round-up piece about EAF, included on news bulletins throughout the day.
Wednesday 5 August: News item on BBC Reporting Scotland evening news about the Edinburgh Art Festival opening, with the majority of the coverage dedicated to Milestone.
Wednesday 26 August: Radio Cafe, BBC Radio Scotland. Milestone sculptors Jake Harvey and Daniel Silver in conversation with Clare English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0079myc
Wednesday 26 August: Culture Show (BCC Two, 7pm), round-up item about Edinburgh Art Festival and events for Art Late. Online link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mg0gb
Thursday 27 Aug: BBC Reporting Scotland evening news, item about the development of the Milestone carve and events for Art Late at the Edinburgh Art Festival. Link to ítem on Pauline McLean's BBC blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/08/rock_music.html
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