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The Town Is The Venue
Where do our artists come from? Where do our artists come from?

Wilhelm ScherĂ¼bl



Seeds - form cells - plants, animals, people - consist of cells - people build houses and streets - houses and streets form towns - paths and towns structure the world - people, plants and animals - make these structures alive - people, animals, plants - make - seeds.
Questioning community structures through analogies with plant life

Wilhelm Scherübl normally works in Radstatt and Vienna and came to Huntly during the summer of 2000.

Wilhelm is interested in some of the most fundamental questions of existence. What holds nature and society together? What is the role of time? 

Nature, life and human presence is read and understood by us through a process of Apollonian enlightenment - structure. The uncertainty of nature, the infinite possibility of life and the noise of modern existence is bound by laws and processes that allow us to understand this chaos; we define our environment through its inherent systems and networks. Is a systematic presentation of nature true to its original form? Or does it remove things from nature, from their original context, so that what we end up understanding is not nature itself, but an imposed and readable, man-made system? Is nature still nature through our eyes? Is it simply an actor in our network?


While in Huntly he undertook two projects. One was at the greenhouse in the industrial estate, where he placed 24 Scottish thistle seeds in pots. Two of them inside, 12 outside the greenhouse. Bypassers watched the speed of growth of both sets of plants over the summer.

His main project looked at the similarities between organic life in nature and society. He identified the proprietor of 12 windows in the town. Six of them in private spaces, six of them in public spaces such as the museum, the library, the Huntly Express, the health service and so on. He painted a microscopic organic structure on them which brought the inhabitants of those spaces together.

Wilhelm is known to collect stones, plants and objects, combining them to make constellations, which are easy to grasp as principles as they are composed of a few basic elements. A seemingly unordered nature is presented as being structurally ordered in his art: buckets of plants, pieces of lawn, storage jars and paper bags are lined up and systemised. The window drawings are some form of an alternative to net curtains and give the effect of a landscape; the longer you look at them the more three-dimensional they become. Like all his other works, the window drawings only make sense if seen as a whole. One has to look at them all around the town, rather than at each individual site. Of course the first thought, when confronted with the monotone graphics, is one of mere ritual ink drawings. But if you look at them all then the idea of a microscopic plant structure reflects the microscopic view of the community.


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