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
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity', 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity', 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Bengt’, Ash, steel, copper clad plastic, glass, fabric, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity’, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Bengt’, Ash, steel, copper clad plastic, glass, fabric, 1.6m by 1.4m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Bengt’, Ash, steel, copper clad plastic, glass, fabric, 1.6m by 1.4m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Mikael’, Beech, aluminium, wellington boot, galvanized steel, , 1.8m by 1.2m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Mikael’, Beech, aluminium, wellington boot, galvanized steel, , 1.8m by 1.2m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Mikael’, Beech, aluminium, wellington boot, galvanized steel, , 1.8m by 1.2m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Mikael’, Beech, aluminium, wellington boot, galvanized steel, , 1.8m by 1.2m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Nina’, tree trunk, steel, huddie with image, pallet wraping film, 2.2m by 1.5m by 1m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Nina’, tree trunk, steel, huddie with image, pallet wraping film, 2.2m by 1.5m by 1m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Nina’, tree trunk, steel, huddie with image, pallet wraping film, 2.2m by 1.5m by 1m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Nina’, tree trunk, steel, huddie with image, pallet wraping film, 2.2m by 1.5m by 1m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Nina’, tree trunk, steel, huddie with image, pallet wraping film, 2.2m by 1.5m by 1m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Nina’, tree trunk, steel, huddie with image, pallet wraping film, 2.2m by 1.5m by 1m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Nina’, tree trunk, steel, huddie with image, pallet wraping film, 2.2m by 1.5m by 1m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Jeanette’, synthtic clay, steel, forestry jacket, brass, Norwegian spruce, soil, 2.6m by 1.5m by 1.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Jeanette’, synthtic clay, steel, forestry jacket, brass, Norwegian spruce, soil, 2.6m by 1.5m by 1.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Jeanette’, synthtic clay, steel, forestry jacket, brass, Norwegian spruce, soil, 2.6m by 1.5m by 1.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Jeanette’, synthtic clay, steel, forestry jacket, brass, Norwegian spruce, soil, 2.6m by 1.5m by 1.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Lars’, Ash, steel, plastic, painted steel chain with eyelets and hooks, tire, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Lars’, Ash, steel, plastic, painted steel chain with eyelets and hooks, tire, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Lars’, Ash, steel, plastic, painted steel chain with eyelets and hooks, tire, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity: Lars’, Ash, steel, plastic, painted steel chain with eyelets and hooks, tire, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m, 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity', 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity', 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity', 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Belief & Productivity', 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet, 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 2.3m by 2.2m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, carpet 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘In a green shade (Fritids areal)’, 3 Landscape photograph with overlaid screen-printed colour gradients and leave patterns, 172cm by 130cm, 2011
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘In a green shade (Fritids areal)’, 3 Landscape photograph with overlaid screen-printed colour gradients and leave patterns, 172cm by 130cm, 2011
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, 2.5m by 1m, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘In a green shade (Fritids areal)’, 3 Landscape photograph with overlaid screen-printed colour gradients and leave patterns, 172cm by 130cm, 2011
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, 2.5m by 1m, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘In a green shade (Fritids areal)’, 3 Landscape photograph with overlaid screen-printed colour gradients and leave patterns, 172cm by 130cm, 2011
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, 2.5m by 1m, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel props, Marimekko patterned textiles knotted into rope, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel props, Marimekko patterned textiles knotted into rope, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel props, Marimekko patterned textiles knotted into rope, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘The Distracted Gardener’, painted steel prop, 190cm by 35cm by 25cm, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, screen printed cushions, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, gate 4.2m by 1.1m, cushions, 50cm by 50cm, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘In a green shade (Butterfly house)’, Sphere 90cm diameter with one image across its entire surface, 2011
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, carpet 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘The Plumbing Subverter’, painted steel hosepipe stan, paint, hose-pipe, hose reel, 3d printed hose pipe nozzle, 1.5m by 1,5m by 1.3m, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘The Plumbing Subverter’, painted steel hosepipe stan, paint, hose-pipe, hose reel, 3d printed hose pipe nozzle, 1.5m by 1,5m by 1.3m, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘The Plumbing Subverter’, painted steel hosepipe stan, paint, hose-pipe, hose reel, 3d printed hose pipe nozzle, 1.5m by 1,5m by 1.3m, 2013
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘As through a lens’, : vinyl record, side A: the audio descriptions of photos, side B: folk music covers of side A’s descriptions, sleeve notes in the form of an essay by Jan Verwoert, duration: (Side A 8:44) (Side B 21:00), 2012
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees
Documentation, ‘As through a lens’, : vinyl record, side A: the audio descriptions of photos, side B: folk music covers of side A’s descriptions, sleeve notes in the form of an essay by Jan Verwoert, duration: (Side A 8:44) (Side B 21:00), 2012

The first solo exhibition of Edward Clydesdale Thomson in Sweden brings together a series of works which exist on the margins of inside and outside, questioning the relation between landscape, ideology and identity. Here, one group of works presented indoors act as a precursor for a new work outdoors, five sculptures commissioned specially for Marabouparken. At Marabouparken konsthall the artist has transformed the gallery into a metaphorical space of everyday objects, images and forms that blur the boundaries between interior and exterior. Drawing from the topiary garden and his own childhood memories, Thomson presents garden as cultural construct, but also as an element of imagination and memory.

On the large grass lawn of Marabouparken five sculptures bear references of historical forest use and the industrial-scale growing of spruces. Edward Clydesdale Thomson’s sculptures speak of the different roles the trees in the forests have played in Swedish culture as timber, capital and cultural environment. This work, commissioned for Marabouparken, is also reflection on the nature of the park itself. Marabouparken was laid out to give the illusion of a naturally emerged oasis – a place for physical and spiritual recreation that would also create a strong sense of connection to the company and thus further loyalty and productivity. This is where the ideology about Marabouparken and the Swedish forest start to overlap – as models of belief and productivity.

“The narrative of forestry use in Sweden can be read in spiritual, economic and moral terms that define the complex politics of our relation to land use. Notions of identity and the modernistic ideals of productivity produce a responsibility for ‘nature’ that pairs morality and capitalist ideals.”

The exhibition ‘Nothin’ Shakin’ but the Leaves on the Trees’ was made possible by generous financial support from the Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Stokroos.

Marabouparken konsthall.

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
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