Friday, 6 June 2014
The Union Gallery this month features the first ever joint showing in Edinburgh of work by husband and wife Jim McCutcheon and Linda Downie.
Really is an exhibition of strong contrasts and subtle similarities, of memorable images which often raise as many questions as they answer. If there is one thing of which one can be certain here, it is that reality, in Really, defies definition, and can certainly not be relied upon.
Perhaps the most obvious starting point is McCutcheon’s ‘I didn’t do it’ and ‘It wasn’t me’: identical figures of naked boys leaning awkwardly, uncomfortably, against the wall, their gaze cast up, hands tucked behind, elongated chests and genitals exposed and vulnerable.
They are distinguished only by the colour of their ‘skins’ and ‘irises’.
The titles of the twin works – presumably responses to the same unspoken accusation – are similarly framed and equally plausible denials. Each implies the guilt of the other.
So how are we to decide between these matching rebuttals? From what tones and expressions should we infer innocence?
Read the full review at the Spurtle website