Upright Gallery, Edinburgh: Dialect

Gen Harrison & Chris Sleath

25th October – 15th November

Edinburgh’s Upright Gallery is showing an intriguing exhibition of works by Gen Harrison and Chris Sleath, who have interpreted the writings of writer Ray French through the medium of letterpress, in collaboration with the sound-artist Zoë Irvine.

French wrote In Praise of Dialect, examining the richness and colour of British regional dialects, arguing for distinctive language to be seen as central to our identities, which are impoverished if dialects are sidelined or seen as inferior. They thus have a powerfully expressive political dimension as a tool for opposing suppression.

He supplied a series of short texts, which Harrison and Sleath have used as copy for their maple-block letterpress artworks – the subtle imperfections of which make it ideal for responding to the distinctiveness of regional dialect.

Irvine is an experienced and eminent artist in the realm of sound, in particular the creation of soundscapes.

3 Barclay Terrace,
Edinburgh EH10 4HP

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