12th February 2010 to 23rd April 2010
Born 1960 in Southampton, Hampshire, Gilling served from 1977 to 1985 with HM Royal Air Force, trying – for the most part, unsuccessfully – to keep himself out of trouble. He spent the subsequent ten years living, working and drinking in Berlin, earning his keep as a waiter, gardener, dancer, painter and photographer. For the past twelve years he has been based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he continues to paint and photograph. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004.
The images exhibited here are of mislaid landscapes; places so familiar and prosaic that they are overlooked, ignored, forgotten. Gilling draws his inspiration from the lesser postcard-worthy topography of Edinburgh’s outer limits. Bleak vistas, barren landscapes and lost figures all combine to tell a fairy-tale like story of an invisible Edinburgh.