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Stuart Gurden // Profile
Stuart Gurden undertook a Research Residency in 2004 and completed a Production residency during 2005-06, prior to his solo exhibition ‘Awl-love’ at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen in August 2006.

Recent work references seminal pop and sub-cultural figures such as Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Riley, Mark E Smith, exploring the vicarious experience of cultural moments and knowledge.

'Awl-love' explores the popularisation of Aberdeenshire's many recumbent stone circles, and their 'recuperation' by various, competing interests.  Filmed during a 1000 mile roadtrip to visit 60 of the regions circles, the film veers between documentary, baroque over-load and outright fiction.

Initially referencing Julian Cope's gazeteer of British megaliths 'The Modern Antiquarian', 'Awl-love' is grounded in a reality mediated by the self-taught knowledge of the fringe enthusiast.  It leads the viewer through a series of visual, auditory and narrative digressions to confront the debate between scientific rationalism and more esoteric ideals. Upcoming exhibitions: Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow, July 2007 solo exhibition Glasgow Sculpture Studios Gallery, Glasgow, two-person show with Nina Lola Bachhubler, Nov-Dec 2007
Artist's CV
Solo exhibitions: Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow, 2007 Awl-love, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, 2006
‘Ripples on You’, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2005
‘eye-may-mah’, Red Gallery, Hull, 2003
'Hits of Sunshine' (with Kathrine Sowerby) Akureyri, Iceland
‘Ungeniessbar’, Flur Gallery, Berlin, 2001
‘Minor Planets’ New Works Scotland Programme, Collective Gallery 2001
‘Hypericum’, Switchspace, Glasgow, 1999

Recent group shows/screenings:
'Et Tu Tribute', Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, 2006
'Art from Glasgow' Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2005
'S1Salon', S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2005 (also screened at FACT, Liverpool, 2006)
'Synth', B2/Kunstraum, Leipzig, 2004

graduated from Master of Fine Art course, Glasgow School of Art, 2000 Hochschule Der Kunste, Berlin, 1999 - exchange

Scottish Sculpture Workshop: 1 Main St, Lumsden, Near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4JN.

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC003223

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