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Dalziel and Scullion; The Idea Of North
Dalziel and Scullion; The Idea Of North Dalziel & Scullion

Dalziel and Scullion: The Idea Of North

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The Idea of North (after Glen Gould) is part of a series of small multiple works by Scottish artists Dalziel and Scullion. Their compass creates a dialogue between imaginary places and precise locations. Whilst the various owners of the work will be geographically dispersed, the needle of every compass will be uniformly trained to the location of magnetic north, creating an invisible bridge between all its recipients. As an object, it reminds us of the relativity of The Idea of North; the impossibility of the North as a fixed site and as an ultimate destination.

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The Idea of North (after Glen Gould) is part of a series of small multiple works by Scottish artists Dalziel and Scullion. Their compass creates a dialogue between imaginary places and precise locations. Whilst the various owners of the work will be geographically dispersed, the needle of every compass will be uniformly trained to the location of magnetic north, creating an invisible bridge between all its recipients. As an object, it reminds us of the relativity of “The Idea of North”; the impossibility of the North as a fixed site and as an ultimate destination.

The centre of the compass remains clear so that it can be held up against a particular view or place or image. Each disc has the title of the work etched in pale yellow letters, with a blue ellipse at the rear, suggestive of the map-like colours that this object is closely related to. There the relationship ends as any other information, such as numbers and degrees, have been eliminated so that its prime function is kept to the indication of North.

Additional Information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 9 x 1 x 9 cm
Edition size

200

Materials

Compass in engraved Perspex disc

Date

1998

Dalziel and Scullion’s work is held in many collections including the Arts Council, the British Council, the Science Museum, British Airways, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford.

Dalziel + Scullion have had solo exhibitions at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, The Arnolfini, Bristol, The Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Manchester Art Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, the Centre of Contemporary Art in Glasgow, the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford.

Commissions include ‘Some Distance From The Sun’ for HBOS headquarters Edinburgh, ‘Catalyst’ for Dundee City, ‘Migrator’ for the British Airport Authority, Heathrow; ‘Meltwater’ for Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London; ‘4 minutes’, for the Science Museum, London’; and ‘Rain2′ for Kaust University, Thuwai, Saudi Arabia.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see www.dalzielscullion.com