GAP Session 18 featuring Ilana Halperin

Friday 27 January, 2pm

Featuring: Ilana Halperin

Online, via Zoom

Ilana Halperin's work explores the relationship between geology and daily life. She combines fieldwork in diverse locations – on volcanoes in Hawaii, caves in France, geothermal springs in Japan, and in museums, archives and laboratories, with an active studio-based practice. Hear from Ilana on her practice and some of the projects she thinks are worth diving into with you.

This is an ideal session for those interested in Geology; in an expanded view of fieldwork and its relationship and translation to a studio practice; collaboration with scientists, the landscape and others; the relationship between daily life and the geology that surrounds us.

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Geological Notes

More about Ilana

Ilana Halperin was born in New York and lives and works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. She received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and her BFA from Brown University.  Her work has featured in solo exhibitions worldwide including Cairn Centre d’Art in the UNESCO GeoPark of Haute Provence; Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité; Artists Space, New York; Manchester Museum and Akiyoshidai Natural History Museum, Japan. She was the Inaugural Artist Fellow at National Museums Scotland and Artist-Curator of Geology for Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The Library of Earth Anatomy, a permanent commission at The Exploratorium in San Francisco opened 2017. Halperin’s solo exhibition Minerals of New York opened at Leeds Arts University, and toured to The Hunterian, Glasgow in 2019. Her work has featured in numerous group exhibitions including: The Power of Wonder - The New Materialism in Current Art, Museum unter Tage, Bochum, Germany; The Forces Behind the Forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland and touring; Cristallisations - la naissance d'un ordre caché, Centre Pompidou Metz/Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, France; Allegory of the Cave Painting, Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium; Estratos, PAC Murcia, Spain; Sharjah Biennial 8, UAE; Experimental Geography (touring 2008-11). Her exhibition There is a Volcano Behind My House at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute was on view Summer 2021. She is currently artist in residence with St. Andrews University and is represented by Patricia Fleming Gallery, Glasgow. A new volume on her work entitled Felt Events, edited by Dr. Catriona McAra, was published by Strange Attractor Press in June 2022. Ilana shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland.

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Image credit: The Rock Cycle. Install view at Mount Stuart. Courtesy of the artist and Patricia Fleming Gallery. Photo: Keith Hunter