There is no there there

Exhibition Archive

There is no there there

Exhibition Curated by Rhubaba

09.07.2011 – 31.07.2011

Exhibition held at David Dale Gallery

Exhibition Curated by David Dale Gallery

23.07.2011 – 07.08.2011

Exhibition held at Rhubaba

David Dale Gallery & Studios and Rhubaba are pleased to present There is no there there, two separate, yet cohesive, exhibitions split across the respective galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

There is no there there is the product of a curatorial exchange between David Dale Gallery and Rhubaba, primarily concerned with spatiality in contemporary art practice. For the duration of the exhibitions each organisation will relinquish control of their gallery to the other, in order to present their disparate responses to the curatorial proposition vicariously through the artists Rob Chavasse, Desmond Church, Lara Macleod, Jake Rusby and Lyndsey Wardrop.

Taking Gertrud Stein’s quote as eponym, the project aims to explore place, location and the importance of our four walls to the gallery structure – and, therefore, practice expanding from this point. Through the exchange space is reified and comes to the fore, site specific work is curated for an alien space informed by plans and comprehensive measuring, site visits complemented by archive pages. Guided by more of an action negating space, than thought about it, the resulting work becomes a touristic exploration posed as a definition.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a publication, intended as an addendum or adjunct. As the obverse to the exhibitions, the texts seek to explore the ideas of site-responsiveness that emerged from discussions around the work of the five exhibiting artists. The contributions to the publication are suitably diverse – from the use of marketplace as a self-publishing platform, an essay on the dialectics of space and place, through poetry, to the lecture notes of the semi-fictionalised Edinburgh Psycho-Geography Association (EP-GA). The publication features work by Andrew Campbell, Norman Hogg & Alex Impey, and will be available free from each venue.


Rob Chavasse is a visual artist based in London. He graduated in 2008 from the University of West England. Recent exhibitions include Sandals,, 2011; My friend speak HTML, Info-Bomb, Monterrey, Mexico, 2011 and Shape & material, The Vyner Studio, London, 2010.

Desmond Church is based Copenhagen. He graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2009 with a BA in Fine Art Photography. He has exhibited in group shows, such as Kill Your Darlings, in Shoreditch Town Hall basement, London, and has had a solo show in the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, both in 2009.

Lara MacLeod is based in Edinburgh. She graduated in 2010 from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA in Sculpture. She has recently exhibited in Meat Force, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, 2010 and Blockbuster, Rhubabaat Central Reservation, Bristol, 2010.

Jake Rusby is based in London. He graduated in 2010 from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in Fine Art. He has been recently commissioned to make site-specific work: Joyriding for the Embassy Annuale, 2010.

Lyndsey Wardrop is based in Glasgow. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2010 with a BA in Fine Art Sculpture & Environmental Art. Since graduation she has exhibited in RSA New Contemporaries 2011, Edinburgh.

Andrew Campbell is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is currently researching and writing on 1930s poetry as part of his thesis, The Truly Strong Man: The Role of the literary Artist in the Thirties. He received a First Class Honours Degree in English Studies from Strathclyde before completing his MSc in literature and Modernity at the University of Edinburgh. His other research interests include early Twentieth Century literature, experimental prose fiction and postmodern critical theory.

Alex Impey is an artist based in Glasgow. He has a BA from The Slade School of Fine Art, and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art. He will be the Gordon Foundation Graduate Fellow at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2011 to 2012. Recent works are Span in 2HB volume 9, CCA, Glasgow, and Cleave til Cloven, Victor and Hester, Glasgow.

Norman Hogg is a Scottish-based artist, curator and writer. He received his BA from Edinburgh College of Art and his MA from Chelsea College of Art. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010 with an MFA in Visual Culture. A former director of the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh, his recent projects include curating Avalon at Embassy; and his writing has most recently been featured as part of the Collective Gallery’s New Work Scotland Programme, 2010.  In 2009 he co-founded the curatorial group The Confraternity of Neoflagellants with Neil Mulholland, who recently organised the event An Unco Site as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, 2010.