This exhibition will present works by Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925 – 2006), one of the most prominent post-war British artists, with a special focus on his printed projects.
Finlay was a poet and artist. His sculptures, stone works and neon signs combined language and landscape, and expanded the idea of how words can be used and distributed. Initially associated with concrete poetry, he was above all a publisher, founding Wild Hawthorn Press in 1961, which produced a great many publications, often very small in scale. The ephemeral nature of these poem cards, lithographs and booklets was intentional, and Finlay understood publishing as an ongoing process of exchange.
Along with an extensive selection of Finlay’s published works, prints and posters, magazines and books, the exhibition presents a series of interventions by contemporary artists and writers, including Will Holder, Christian Flamm, Beatrice Gibson and Jason Dodge, who reflect the artist’s ongoing influence today. This will culminate in a weekend of events at the end of the exhibition including performances, readings, talks and discussion. The exhibition also includes a series of six sculptures by Finlay in the grounds of the music venue, St George’s Bristol as an offsite project, which was installed permanently in 2002.