Scott Myles (b. 1975) expresses his ideas in varied materials and in many mediums including sculpture, printmaking, painting, text, drawing, photography, artists’ books and performance. If there is a signature to his work it isn’t to be found in a single aesthetic or ‘look’, or in the use of a particular material, but in the ideas and concepts that underpin all his projects. His practice is both conceptually-based and strongly gestural, and he often combines different artistic processes within single artworks or as part of gallery based installations. Furthermore, his works may take shape as print-based paintings, for instance, or as large-scale sculptures, but can just as well consist of ephemeral gestures or actions. These varied approaches are a means of exploring his own artistic language and research interests. Key among these are: gift exchange as a forging of reciprocal obligations and relationships; art’s interaction with economics and the status of art-making as a form of work and/or as a refusal of work; and the question of how psychological or subjective dimensions might register in the very materials and structures of our physical environment. Whatever shape Myles’s works take, they ask us to think about how personal and social meanings are layered in objects, images and gestures.
Myles graduated in Fine Art Drawing & Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, in Dundee, Scotland in 1997. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and projects, including: ‘This Way Out’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow; ‘Heal Walls’, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo; ‘Potlatch’, Lafayette Maison, Paris (in collaboration with Foundation Lafayette); ‘This Production’, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; and Kunsthalle Zurich.
Group exhibitions include: ‘White Trash’, Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, New York; ‘Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 till now’, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles & Menil Collection, Houston; ‘DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture’, Tate Liverpool; ‘Contemporary Scottish Art: New Acquisitions & Loans’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; ‘Blasted Allegories’, Works from the Ringier Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern; ‘On interchange/Interludes of a collection’, Museum Kurhaus Kleve; ‘Theorema’, Collection Lambert en Avignon; ‘Image/Text’, Tate Modern, London.
Myles’s artworks are held in private and public museum collections including Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; British Council Collection, UK; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. He was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship in 2016 to support his research at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, USA, and undertook a residency at Cove Park, Scotland in 2017. Myles is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/ Karlsruhe & The Breeder, Athens.
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Jedrzej Cichosz, Nick Evans, Charlie Hammond, Giuseppe Mistretta, Neil McGuire, Scott Myles, Toby Paterson, Edwin Pickstone, and Owen Piper
Early Learning - Curated by Mhari McMullan and Katy West
Early Learning explores the legacies of the Kindergarten educational method through unique commissions from a group of artists, designers and their young children.
Each of the commissioned artists’ practices reflect processes relating to Friedrich Fröbel’s 20 ‘gifts and occupations’ – play materials for young children ranging from building blocks to modelling clay, designed for the original Kindergarten. In exploring these processes with their own children, the artists present new possibilities and variations of the original system. More information available at early-learning.org
Supported by Glasgow International, the Hope Scott Trust, Glasgow Life and the Goethe Institute.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Tue – Thu & Sat, 10am-5pm
Fri & Sun, 11am-5pm