Sunday 10 October 2010

Boyle Family exhibition at HICA - 24 October-28 November

Boyle Family: Loch Ruthven


Exhibition opening Sunday 24 October, 2-5pm


(Exhibition Continues 24 October – 28 November 2010)


An exhibition of new work by Boyle Family will open at HICA (the Highland Institute for Contemporary Art) on Sunday 24 October, 2-5pm.


Presenting Boyle Family at HICA places their work in relation to the gallery's concerns with Concrete Art. Here it could be seen to exemplify one direction in which Concrete works have evolved. Boyle Family's major contribution to British contemporary art, from early Assemblage pieces to their events, performances and Happenings of the 1960's and their later earth studies, manifest a desire to consider the significance of all parts of the physical environment.


Boyle Family are probably best known for their earth studies: three dimensional casts of the surface of the earth which record and document random sites with great accuracy. Their World Series project began in 1968 and took their concept of contemporary archaeology onto a global scale, with 1,000 randomly selected sites around the world. This project is ongoing, progressing through sites and museum exhibitions in Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The Sardinian project was the main focus of the Boyle Family British Pavilion exhibition at the 1978 Venice Biennale.


HICA, occupying a relatively remote site and something of a random location, provides an especially apt venue for this latest Boyle Family exhibition which references their Institute of Contemporary Archaeology, founded by Boyle and Hills in 1966, when they carried out their important event Dig. For this exhibition the artists will undertake a contemporary archaeological study of the area surrounding the gallery.


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Boyle Family at HICA runs from 24 October to 28 November 2010, and is open on Sundays 2 - 5pm, or by appointment.


Supported by: The Elephant Trust, the Hope Scott Trust.






HICA, Dalcrombie, Loch Ruthven, Dores, Inverness-shire, IV2 6UA, UK


T: +44 (0)1808-521-306     


Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC009201