Edward Clydesdale Thomson Bio
wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands current
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 current
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
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel, patterned textile, steel eyelets, 10.5m by 1.8m, 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel, patterned textile, steel eyelets, 10.5m by 1.8m, 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel, patterned textile, steel eyelets, 10.5m by 1.8m, 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel, patterned textile, steel eyelets, 10.5m by 1.8m, 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel, patterned textile, steel eyelets, 10.5m by 1.8m, 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel, patterned textile, steel eyelets, 10.5m by 1.8m, 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel, patterned textile, steel eyelets, 10.5m by 1.8m, 2013

The work of Rotterdam-based artist Edward Clydesdale Thomson is concerned with the places and objects on the margins of outside and inside, of wild and tamed landscapes. His sculptural works may resembled gates, fences, or topiary frames for taming decorative trees. In ‘The Distracted Gardener’ (2013) the common washing line is claimed as just such a site of transition, marking a place where sanitised domestic life is brought into contact with the natural world. Here the line is a rope tied from decorative fabrics designed for Finnish design company Marimekko. The fabrics also perform a transition from exterior/interior : in print the wild landscape is domesticated and comes to represent a certain lifestyle choice.

The steel props of ‘The Distracted Gardener’ use a spatial language of intersecting soft curves and sharp lines which explicitly references the topiary garden designed by the Scottish architect Robert Lorimer in 1897. For Thomson, Lorimer’s topiary represents the enduring capacity of a garden, at the end of the 19th Century, to be at the avant-guard of contemporary style Thomson’s interest in landscape is by no means tame; in his book As if an entrance is over there – he paraphrases Ann Bermingham to describe landscape as ‘an active battlefield where ideologies are trained, tested, framed and destroyed’. Perhaps by embodying this principle in his work Thomson proposes that contemporary art can be understood in the same terms – as signifying the capacity of individuals to interfere with the world around them.

text, Thomas Cuckle of Kunstraum

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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