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Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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Peeling a Glass Onion – Review

You might wonder, what does the title –  Peeling a Glass Onion –  of this new exhibition at the Dovecot Gallery mean? Something exciting, new and different.

This collaborative work is produced by Norwegian artist and musician Magne Furuholmen and the Dovecot (10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh) including their talented weavers, Freya Sewell and Rudi Richardson, supervised by Master Weaver, Naomi Robertson.

These highly skilful weavers have transformed and enhanced the original work resulting in a beautiful, unusual tapestry. The title is taken from a Beatles song, Glass Onion, which was also the original name of the Glasgow band later known as Travis.

Magne Furuholmen at The Dovecot. Photo by Eoin CareyThe print was originally of a woodcut which Magne explained: ‘the link between art and music has always been a natural one for me. My father, a talented Jazz musician introduced me to music at an early age. But through the medium of woodcuts (also favoured by Norwegian artist, Edward Munch) I hope I made that point in a very visual way.’

The Exhibition contains other exciting works, prints and ceramic pillars which represent some of the artist’s earliest experiences in experimenting with dark Eastern European clay. The making process included stamping and scratching text into the ceramic surfaces, thus creating 3D ‘paintings’ which, according to Magne ‘allow for different poetic associations of words as they move around the circumference’. Personally, I found them fascinating.

These are to be found in the gallery’s North space which is ideal for showing large works. The studios were created from the old Infirmary Street Baths and as well as Exhibitions and a coffee shop it is also the home of working weavers!

The Exhibition is open to the public until 25 April this year.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10 30 am to 5 30 pm.

For more information, visit:  or phone 0131 5503 660. Marketing Manager is Lizzie Cowan.

Do visit if you can!

Photographs by Eoin Carey


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