Jimmie Durham
01 February – 30 April 2010

Seminal American sculptor, essayist and poet Jimmie Durham undertook the first Production Residency in 2010 supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, The Glenfiddich Distillery and Cove Park. Durham’s 47-year career has seen him create, perform and exhibit work across the globe. Although his work is primarily sculptural, Durham’s oeuvre has also embraced theatre, performance, literature and poetry and is often embedded and affected by the location in which it is produced.

This was the first residency Durham had undertaken in Scotland, and his first solo exhibition of new work in the country, bringing him together with over fifty studio holders and members, offering a rare opportunity for dialogue and cultural exchange between Durham and a generation of artists whose practices may have been influenced by his practice.

His three month residency led to the large-scale sculptural installation Universal Miniature Golf (The Promised Land), co-commissioned by, and exclusively for, the 2010 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Born in the USA in 1940, Durham’s 47-year career has seen him create, perform and exhibit work across the globe. From 1969 he was based in Europe (studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva) returning to the USA in 1973; from 1987 – 1994 he lived and worked in Mexico and then in the mid 90s returned to Europe.  Although his work is primarily sculptural, Durham’s oeuvre has also embraced theatre, performance, literature and poetry, and above all it is embedded in and affected by the location in which it is produced. His exhibition, Obsidian at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City explored the poetics of the black volcanic glass material, once favoured by Mesoamerican cultures.