Edward Clydesdale Thomson Bio
wild care tame neglect - exhibition Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2018
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds Into Nature, biennial, Drenthe 2018
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds
Documentation, 'below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds' 2018, mobile studio and location based interventions
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds
Documentation, 'below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds' 2018, mobile studio and location based interventions
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds
Documentation, 'below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds' 2018, mobile studio and location based interventions
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds
Documentation, 'below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds' 2018, mobile studio and location based interventions
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds
Documentation, 'below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds' 2018, mobile studio and location based interventions
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds
Documentation, 'below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds' 2018, mobile studio and location based interventions
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds
Documentation, 'below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds' 2018, mobile studio and location based interventions

During Into Nature Thomson will create a mobile research camp located on the Holtingerveld. The research camp will focus on different forms of communication occurring on the heath: visible and invisible, verbal and non-verbal. He will structure this by taking a vertical division (below the soil, between the branches and above the clouds) as a way of organising his activates. Activates there will include amongst other things: the speculative mapping of underground plant communication, attempting to feel a connection with the afterlife by listening to the dolmen and burial mounds, the mapping of tree patterns and density, the climbing of trees, the carving of bark, the building of a shelter, the painting of clouds, the signalling of celestial objects, the radio broadcasting of positions.

Not nature itself, but our dealings with it form the core of the work of the Scottish-Danish artist Edward Clydesdale Thomson (United Kingdom, 1982). Insofar as there is a distinction between them, of course, because in many cultures, people think and talk in terms of nature only at an advanced stage of the civilization process. Civilization in the West usually meant control of nature or, since Romanticism, the rediscovery of our (own) pure natural state. Whoever sees what he understands by nature also understands better what culture means - and that is important for many artists. When Thomson derives motifs from nature, he wants to question cultural conventions, especially those of art. Can an artist relate to his or her work as a hunter, steward or gardener relates to nature, that is to say that he allows the work to go its own way, but does keep it constant, prunes, leads, feeds and harvests? It is therefore not surprising that Thomson often refers in his work to garden architecture or to the use of decorative plant motifs in historical and contemporary bourgeois interiors.

into nature

how to kill a tree Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam 2018
Tuin van Toorop Jan Tooropstraat, Amsterdam 2018
noon Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
the necessity of art Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria 2017
wilder beings command Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2016
poster club Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
The Society Machine Malmo Konstmuseum, Malmo 2016
Static Gravity Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2016
Crossing Borders Expanding Frontiers ramfoundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
As the lake said to the boat Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees Marabouparken konsthall, Sunsbyberg, Sweden 2015
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain CCA Derry~Londonderry, Lismore Castle Arts St Carthage Hall 2015
Belief and Productivity: A Play in the Forest O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam 2014
The Non Urban Garden: tuinen van de 21e eeuw Afdh & Kunstvereniging Diepenheim 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014 iaspis, Stockholm 2014
The Distracted Gardener & The Plumbing Subverter Yeo Workshop, Singapore 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings Kunstraum, London 2013
25 Years Rotterdam City Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2013
Here is always somewhere else Forum Triangulare, Oud-Rekem, Belgium 2013
Abilities Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2013
Lost & Found at the Flügelbus Lost & Found, Amsterdam 2013
causa finalis Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2012
As if an entrance is over there- Lecturis, Eindhoven 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdamm 2012
The research and destroy department of the Black Mountain College W139, Amsterdam 2012
We are rolling galerie-j, Geneva 2012
There was a Country where They were all Thieves Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2012
Secret Gardens TENT, Rotterda, 2012
FlowerCASTLE Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation, Lisse 2011
Rijksakademie Open 2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2011
a green thought, in a green shade Art Amsterdam MK Gallery 2011
Prix de Rome 2011 Smart project space, Amsterdam 2011
Borderline Picturesque & the Recounting Prospect Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway 2010
New Graffiti, Old Revolutions MK gallery, Rotterdam 2010
A group show Croxhapox, Ghent 2010
Done to a dead end & the dead or alive sale SD&G, Rotterdam 2010
Edward Clydesdale Thomson SECONDroom, Brussels 2009
A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista 4th Issue NOWISWERE, Contemporary Art Magazine, London 2009
Open Office for Words ADA, Rotterdam 2009
Imaginary Cinema - Discussion WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Impromptu Affairs DEK 22, Rotterdam 2009
Selbstzweck Private Collection 2008
Residency at Kysten Tromsø Kysten Tromsø 2008
Small Talk with the Janitor Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show Tent, Rotterdamt 2008
Just what is it that makes that thing so different, so appealing? Expodium, Utrecht 2008
Observing Construction NEST, Netherlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) Rotterdam 2007
This is how it must feel to be there Pakhuismeesteren, Rotterdam 2007