'and per se and' is a rolling sequence of exhibitions where one work is paired with another for two weekly periods, across a stretch of 12 months. From today James Hugonin’s Fluctuations in Elliptical Form (I) will be joined by a classic still life by Giorgio Morandi.
At first glance the large abstract paintings of James Hugonin and the small-scale still lives of Giorgio Morandi may not appear to have very much in common, but bringing them together reveals an unmistakable connection of spirit. Both are the product of an unusual single-mindedness: Morandi working in semi-monastic isolation in Bologna in the middle years of the 20th century, painting the same sets of jugs and vessels over and over again; Hugonin working today - equally isolated from the wider world- high in the Cheviot hills between England and Scotland, working and reworking the possibilities of sequence and series.
The coupling of Hugonin and Morandi is the first of three pairings that we will present for the 2017 Edinburgh Art Festival. From 8 August in and per se and: part XII, the work of Giorgio Morandi will be joined the screening of 'A Lot of Sorrow', a six-hour video and audio work by Ragnar Kjartansson.