Icaro Menippus [x2] Paul Carter

7 July – 31 August, 2014

An exhibition of work by Paul Carter, presented as part of GENERATION: 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland.

Faith was an important concern for the artist Paul Carter, who was a key figure in the Scottish art scene and an influential teacher at Edinburgh College of Art. Being agnostic, or undecided about the existence of god, drove Carter to question faith and belief systems in general, including politics and our assumptions about the role of art.

Carter’s own art was full of visions and miracles, as well as ingeniously homemade contraptions, but at its heart lay a deep questioning of our expectations of both this world and the next.

For GENERATION the works on show at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop have been drawn from two key exhibitions Icaro Menippus at Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2002) and Edge of Darkness at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2003). Both dealt with questions of pioneering.

Paul Carter (1970-2006) studied Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art and completed his MFA at Glasgow School of Art (1995). His solo exhibitions and projects included: Edge of Darkness, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2003); Icaro Menippus, Chapter, Cardiff (2002, Chapel Barbarossa Deveron Arts, Huntly, Aberdeenshire and shows at Embassy, Collective Gallery and the Traveling Gallery, Edinburgh and Transmission Glasgow. His many group exhibitions included Yugoslav Biennial (2004); Angst, Kunstlerhaus, Dortmund (2002) and Art in The Home, Yamaguchi (2001). He taught at Edinburgh College of Art from 1997-2006.