Scotland Foundation Circle

Bruce McLean, Kathryn Elkin, Ruth Bealefig-2, ICA Studio, London, 2015

fig-2 is Outset’s most ambitious undertaking to date: 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks at the ICA Studio, London, throughout 2015. Outset Scotland is proud to be supporting this expansive project – funding 4 individual days throughout the year. The programme is a revival of fig-1, an exhibition cycle dating back to the year 2000 and conceived by curator Mark Francis and White Cube’s Jay Jopling, which showcased contemporary artists including Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig and Richard Hamilton.

fig-2 brings together a programme of established and emerging artists, drawn from fields ranging from contemporary art and design to literature and performance. With dedicated funds from the Art Fund, curator Fatos Ustek is presenting 50 projects at the ICA Studio with one opening every Monday night in 2015, starting on 5th January. Outset Scotland is delighted that its funds have been directed towards exhibitions by Kathryn Elkin (week 18) and Ruth Beale (week 19).

Kathryn Elkin’s specially commissioned film The Elephants in the Room arose from a collaboration between the artist and the musician Okkyung Lee, where the artists merged modes of musical improvisation with the immediacy of conversation. As a discussion point and a reference for Lee’s improvisation they worked through the adagietto from Mahler’s 5th Symphony which was famously used in Visconti’s masterpiece Death in Venice. Elkin worked with artist Lucy Parker shooting the film with cellist Richard Thomas acting as a sound recordist.

Ruth Beale created a space of encounter by transforming fig-2 into a temporary library composed of books borrowed from various London public libraries. In the week following the UK general election, her makeshift collection concentrated on utopian and distopian novels that attempt to predict the future of societies based on anxieties about the recent past and present. By bringing the books together with her new sculptures and prints, Beale urged us to explore modalities of democracy, education and civil society, as well as positions of knowledge, particularly that of the ‘common’.

Kathryn Elkin (b.1983, Belfast) lives and works in Edinburgh. She completed her BA in Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Speaking Art Writing, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015), Mutatis Mutandis,Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2015), and Til The Stars Turn Cold at Glasgow Sculpture Studios (2015). In 2015, Elkin was awarded a six-month residency at BBC Scotland to produce the video work Michael’s Theme and her video Mutatis Mutandis featured as part of the 2014 London Film Festival. Elkin is one of the 2015 Visual Art residents at Cove Park. She will make a duo presentation with Seamus Harahan at CCA Derry in late 2015 and a solo presentation at CCA Glasgow.

Ruth Beale (b. 1981, Cambridge) lives and works in London.  She completed her BA in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include: Bookbed at Peckham Platform, London, (2014), Bikes, Caves, Raves at Trade, Nottingham (2014), and Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox at Grand Union, Birmingham (2013). She has performed at Turner Contemporary (2014), Basel Kunsthalle (2012), MoMA PS1 (2014), South London Gallery (2011), ICA (2011), and Modern Art Oxford (2014).  She is a co-founder of Performance as Publishing and The Alternative School of Economics, which has recently been awarded a major new commission by Create London.

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