Edward Clydesdale Thomson Bio
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds Into Nature, biennial, Drenthe 2018
how to kill a tree Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam 2018
Tuin van Toorop Jan Tooropstraat, Amsterdam 2018

Dear resident of the Poort van Tooropstraat;

I’m curious how you’re setting into your new apartment. It’s a building I’ve spent the last two years living with, first in drawings and models, then as a construction site while the structure rose. Two years ago I started working on an artwork that was to encompass the two public spaces of the building into one artistic gesture. Right from the start I was aiming to give the courtyard and terrace of the Poort van Tooropstraat a sense of being a landscape rather than an urban space or a garden. I find something very contemplative and perhaps even restorative about being out of the urban environment in a space whose scale is beyond immediate comprehension. I find being in a landscape gives me space to think. It’s this idea of getting away to a place where you could think, even for a moment, that I wanted to try to create, in the same way that looking out across an ocean or surrounded by a expansive forest might allow a different mental state. The two landscapes I chose to evoke for me both have this quality. These two connected areas were to be distinct from each other in the atmosphere. Both are abstractions of romanticised landscapes; inside a mountain landscape, on the terrace a post-industrial grassy lowland. For me this artwork unfolds precisely in the shift of perception that the opposition of these differing landscapes creates.

With the act of replicating aspects of two landscapes within an urban context I intend to promote a questioning of how should we live with “nature” today. Does it still or did it ever exist somewhere in a form unmodified by human activity, or is this concept of the human and the world as separate entities touching across a divide between pure and corrupt or unconscious and conscious, a historical fantasy? As urban modernisation developed though out the 19th and 20th centuries so has its aesthetic counterpoint the idea of a wild and untamed nature. It’s precisely this dialectic between three environments I am trying to contrast; the modern urban, the wilderness, and the leftover industrial turned back to nature. The project of of 19th and 20th century modernity portrayed nature both as authentic wilderness and exploitable resource in equal measure. Bringing together elements of these seemingly separate realms I’m attempting to collapse the multiple viewpoints with which contemporary society views nature. The four sculptural works on the terrace are intended to oscillate between object and subject, nature and culture, image and material and in doing so bring together these separate fields. Through giving the works commonplace first names, Bengt, Lars, Mikeal and Jeanette, each sculpture is attributed with an individual personality and a sense of subjectivity. Standing like characters they silently narrate this works reflection on the contested notions on the natural and the urban, the human and the industrial.

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 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
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