The ‘Billboard for Edinburgh’ project ran from 2008 - 2016, when the Gallery was situated in its Calton Road premises and transformed a defunct billboard on the end wall of the building. The Billboard installation would change every three months and from each a limited edition print would be published. The list of contributors includes Turner Prize nominees and winners and artists with world renowned reputations alongside emerging talents.
Shovlin’s text for his Billboard for Edinburgh installation came from a notice placed in microfilm copies of the Tehran Times denoting missing or damaged content in the archive. In an unusual take on the Billboard for Edinburgh project, Shovlin created an edition of fifty unique, hand-painted screenprints each of which use the original text as a starting point but reconstruct it by masking and revealing different elements.
Publisher: Ingleby Gallery
About Jamie Shovlin
Jamie Shovlin is known for ambitious projects that explore ideas of truth and fiction and combine his skill as a draughtsman, printmaker, painter, and writer with conceptual complexity and playfulness. In Naomi V. Jelish (2001–04), Shovlin constructed an extensive archive of drawings, newspaper clippings, and ephemera relating to a fictitious 13-year-old prodigy who mysteriously disappeared with her family. Lustfaust: A Folk Anthology 1976–1981 (2003–06) documents the groupies and memorabilia of a made-up 1970s German experimental noise band. Painstakingly researched and executed, Shovlin's work questions how information becomes authoritative and exposes the fallibility of classification systems.
British, b. 1978