Craig Dow (1978 Dundee, Scotland) works as an artist, curator, creative community facilitator and technician, among other things. This website focuses on his artistic practice, whereby he engages photography as a hybrid subject/object straddling the boundary between culture and nature. The camera becomes a technological tool and mediator that can deepen an understanding of our natural environment. This unique quality of the photographic medium is where he focuses attention, to engage the light sensitive film in actions whereby it merges with the physical environment. The camera is used as a means to unite, rather than interrupt. The resulting images show the possibility of a unity of subject and object, representation and abstraction, human being and environment.

The essence of his art is in the process, the becoming. The work becomes as a trace of the physical process. The impulse is to cast a net into the environment and catch a bit of it, something that can be investigated, contemplated, and somehow understood on a deeper level, gaining insight of both the inner and outer world's intrinsic nature.

2021  ARC Independent; Studios, Workshop & Social Club, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

2018  Cleave, Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK

          Thresholds, Gonzo Unit, Thessaloniki, Greece

2015  ACTINIC Photo Festival, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, UK

2014  Resident 14, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

          Open Landscape, Worcester Museum of Contemporary Art, Worcester, UK

2013  Second Parallel Universe, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, UK

2012  Technology: High & Low, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

           Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, UK

2011    Notice, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

           The Sun is the First Oven The Gut is the Second, The Bun House, Peckham London, UK

 

2010   By Means of Matter, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland, UK

2009  Field of Sets - Pt I Conjunction, Peckham Rye Multi-storey Car Park, London, UK

           Time and Time Again, East Wing Collection VIII Re-Launch, Somerset House, London, UK

           The Vineyard Poets, (Photographic installation), Courtauld Institute of Art, East Wing

           Collection VIII, London, UK

2010  The Bun House, Artist-led Project Space, Peckham, London, UK

           Field, Artist Collective, London, UK

2008  Off the Wall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK

           Translations (with poet Dzifa Benson), The Africa Centre, Covent Garden, London, UK

2007  Aftershock (Photographic visual performances at The Royal Festival Hall, London;

           The Watermans, Brentford; Arts Depot, North Finchley & The Albany, Deptford)
           AV- Audio Vision, Electrowerkz, Angel, London, UK
           D.I.Y, Central Space, Hammersmith, London, UK

Selected Exhibitions/Projects

2018 –

2008 –

2013   RSA Residencies for Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

           Taigh Chearsabhagh, South Uist, Hebrides, Scotland, UK

           Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

           Undercurrents Magazine, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

2012   International Photography Annual 1 (INPHA 1), Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

           Dundee Visual Artists Award, Dundee, Scotland, UK

2010  Cushendall Tower Residency with Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

          By Means of Matter, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland, UK
          Field Resident Artist, Area 10, Peckham, London, UK.

Residencies/Awards/Publications

© Craig Dow 2021