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
iaspis Open House, spring 2014
Documentation, iaspis open house/ work in progress, metal chains, leather dog leads, forest-fresh wunderbaum, 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014
Documentation, iaspis open house/ work in progress, impromptu walking sticks laser engraved with single word texts (Pulp, Primeval, Potash, Lumber, Bark-peeled, Midway pine, Dead standing, Clear-cut, Slash and burn, Windthrow, Snag, Bear-skull pine), 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014
Documentation, iaspis open house/ work in progress, impromptu walking sticks laser engraved with single word texts (Pulp, Primeval, Potash, Lumber, Bark-peeled, Midway pine, Dead standing, Clear-cut, Slash and burn, Windthrow, Snag, Bear-skull pine), 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014
Documentation, iaspis open house/ work in progress, audio interviews from speakers, images gathered during residency relating to forest use in Sweden, B&W photocopies, 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014
Documentation, iaspis open house/ work in progress, images gathered during residency relating to forest use in Sweden, B&W photocopies, 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014
Documentation, iaspis open house/ work in progress, images gathered during residency relating to forest use in Sweden, B&W photocopies, 2014

Mikael leads, his limbs exaggerating every movement as he clambers through deep snow towards an uprooted tree. On his side against the slope looking up at the underside of the tree he begins while I fumble for my microphone. “When it doesn’t burn so much regeneration is not driven by fire disturbance, rather by gap dynamics, some trees die by storm or become infected with fungus or insects, creating these kinds of gaps in the forest where the new generation will come.”

In the quickly fading twilight Nina hesitantly opens the greenhouse doors announcing her presence. Large metal platforms filled with trays of potted pine are suspended in a mechanical frame. Dripping with moisture the miniature forest bakes under warm lights. As a jet of mist traverses a slow horizontal sweep across the platform Jeanette explains that these are only for experimentation; their real work is nestled for winter under the artificial snow covering the surrounding expanse.

Around the dinner table Lars flicks through the pages of a school atlas. “It’s very remote, that’s mainly why these ancient trees are still there”. “Pine can grow for up to 800 years, Spruce 400 and once dead they can stand for centuries more“. “The Swedish old-growth forests have been manipulated by man certainly for thousands of years, it’s just the nature of this use that has changed”. “Culturally Modified Trees give an insight into these practices”. “There are trees we’ve studied which were blazed and inscribed with dates and official juridical decisions, others retain the scars of inner bark harvesting, or markings and modifications acting like sign-posts”. “Some of the most spectacular have heads carved into them and were used for shamanistic practices”.

The rooms smells like pine sap, earthy yet sharp. Every flat surface is piled deep with polished ameba shaped slices of trunk, fixed to roughly cut chipboard. Bengt runs his finger across the smooth wood. “Its only the outer surface that’s actually living so as long as the fire damage doesn’t go all the way round, the tree will continue to live”.

My residency at iaspis was supported by the Mondriaan fonds.

Interviews

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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