AiR - Artist in Residence
Rock House has a unique and transformative connection with Scottish photography and art. Hill and Adamson pioneered Scottish photography from their studio, and Hill later painted the renowned Disruption of 1843 masterpiece at the house.
By any stretch of providence, Rock House is defined by its connections with Scottish photography and art. As the present curators, our vision if very much to re-establish and nurture this connection.
In the spring of 2017 we decided to make this happen through a providential connection with Alastair Gordon. Alastair is a native of Edinburgh, though now based in London is still very much involved in the city’s art scene through his teaching programme at Leith School of Art. He was the perfect choice to head up and help us develop an art strategy for the Rock House.
Alastair’s inaugural residency took place in the summer of 2017, when he spent time with his family in the Terrace apartment. His initial focus has woven the history of the house with the present environs to produce a thoughtful series entitled “Rock, Silver and Salt”, in honour of the original chemical methods used by Hill & Adamson to develop their Calotypes.
Alastair’s signature style stems from a 17th century technique called ‘quodlibet’, Latin for ‘what you will’, is described as a form of illusionism where the question of truth and reality traverse with artistic skill. Is it a piece of tape, a calotype photograph or just skillfully applied paint…. Why not see what you will for yourself.
If you are interested in finding out more about the first Rock House AiR collection please do get in touch. We also have access to a limited edition of prints which can be purchased by contacting us direct by email on firstname.lastname@example.org