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Ross Brown: Terra Incognita

  • Venue: Arusha Gallery
  • Date: 06 Jul '17 - 17 Jul '17
  • Price: Free
  • Venue Address:
    13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG

  • Free

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“Terra Incognita” will be Ross Brown’s first solo exhibition in Arusha Gallery.


Ross Browns’ work explores environments where architecture and nature, order and disorder overlap. As inspiration, he uses real places that have become such a part of our everyday that tend to go unnoticed, such as motorway overpasses, billboards, industrial zones, etc. “Terra Incognita” was a term used by early cartographers to describe areas of land which remained undocumented, so in this exhibition what he has set out to find is a form of contemporary “Terra Incognita”. After exploring each space, and taking multiple photographs, he also takes a lot of interest in understanding the history of each place and intended use, but also how abandonment and time have changed these functions.

Seven of his paintings for this exhibition were made following a trip to an area colloquially known as the “Braehead Tunnels”, a void between two sections of motorway on the outskirts of Glasgow.  The other works depict surfaces found whilst walking through the city; advertising billboards, signs and hoardings surrounding building sites. The titles are sometimes straightforwardly descriptive (“Embankment”, “Overpass” etc), at other times they are taken from song lyrics (“In the Half Light”, “Subterranea”) echoing the character of the space as both functional, utilitarian infrastructure and a space that has been appropriated by a teenage subculture. 

During his creation process he borrows as much from abstraction as he does from representation. He stays faithful to the architectural structures as they exist, but at the same time, by using a variety of chance-based paintings techniques, he is able to create a landscape in which control but also chaos rules. This way he is able to depict how the places he uses as subject matter have transitioned and been through construction but also destruction over time.


Campfire Painting - Ross Brown
Campfire Painting - Ross Brown Campfire Painting - Ross Brown Ocean Drive (Office To Let) - Ross Brown