Edward Clydesdale Thomson Bio
wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands current
wild care tame neglect
wild care tame neglect
wild care tame neglect
wild care tame neglect
wild care tame neglect
wild care tame neglect

The core of my practice currently lies in an attempt to rethink and reshape the space and conditions of artistic production for myself along the lines of care and dedication. After working for many years in a more or less respondatory role as an artist – responding to an invitation to make a work for a space, or show a work in a certain context – I had come to feel increasingly disempowered as an artist. Disempowered not in the sense of a loss of voice or autonomy, but disempowered in the sense that, as a whole, the external conditions of artistic production in which I was functioning, was contradicting and compromising the core nature of the kind of work I was aiming to make. This was because of the way it often reframed it into some form of spectacle compromising its potential to disrupt attention. It placed the work on stage for a brief moment, but in so doing missed other moments where it could gain different voices. In response to this I’ve actively been trying to shape not just the work but also the conditions and scenario in which my work comes into being and is exhibited. The project ‘wild care, tame neglect’ – a two year collaboration with the Franlendael Foundation is the first manifestation of this aim. Within this project I embed my practice within the physical site of the Frankendael garden, making and exhibiting works in response to these interests and the location. Within this project the negotiation of a space in which to work, between myself and the other people and activities of the Frankendael, becomes as much the artwork as the physical interventions. Striving for the possibility not to make a single grand exhibition, but to make a series of interventions over time - the project is grounded in a rethinking of the experience of art along the lines of commitment and care. Within this project the garden is both a physical and a metaphorical space. It is at once a place where plants and artworks are cultivated, but is also a metaphor for a space of art in which production, display and storage happen simultaneously. Time in this project becomes narrative, mirroring the ever-changing garden, but it also becoming problematised as it goes against the grain of our contemporary fast passed economy. For me these are ways of defying the pressures of a spectacular moment, ways of extending our engagement with an artwork beyond a moment that is fleeting, as ways of refusing the current modes of high-performance resulting from our capitalist zeitgeist. Equally it is an act of care and dedication. An act of cultivation.

wild care, tame neglect.

This project is supported by mondriaan fonds the O&O funding from the CBK Rotterdam by the amsterdams fonds food de kusnt the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds the Stadsdeel Amsterdam oost by Intratuin Amsterdam and by Stop Digging

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
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