Our built environment is in a constant state of change. From creation to destruction, architecture holds the memory of a society’s constant interaction with its surroundings, standing as monuments for social, economic and political aspects of the community to which it belongs. My past practice has focused on the value of the ruin and the landscape it finds itself in; the ideals it promotes, the aesthetics of decay and the reclamation of space by both culture and nature. The interrogation of the past evolves into the recognition of a previous society, and the pseudo-monuments they leave behind, immediately promoting the idea that these contemporary follies exist in a metaphysical plane.
What comes next after these ruins have re-assimilated and no longer exist in a state of change?Ruins of the past allow me to mentally articulate previous societies and ways of living and soon they are my only connection to my heritage. Exploring these structures, creating work from them and holding a romanticised image of them, is an attempt to unlock the secrets of it and the past. "We follow traces of memory and discover that memory itself is in a state of continuous decay, that we are our own ruins." (F.Saunders, 2014). Through my practice, I was able to transfer my thought process surrounding ruins to the natural landscape.These landscapes are in a constant state of change.
The process of re-assimilation holds the core ideal of existence is in a constant state of balance. With the ruin, it is both dead and alive. They are a static monument to the past but also a potential of the future. As equal to the built environment and the natural one. They are a marker of equilibrium in our world. Our only constant in life is that nothing is constant. At this point we have a choice: do we allow it to fall into a further state of decay, finally succumbing and re-assimilating with nature or do we resurrect the ruin into our new world?
Christopher Byrne at The Brick Lane Gallery, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, 2020
20.20, International Contemporary Art Exhibition, MADS Milano, Corso San Gottardo 18, Milan, Italy, 2020
Scottish Contemporary Art Auction, McTears Auction House, Glasgow, 2020 (monthly)
The Room, An Talla Solais, Ullapool, 2019
The Studio Fine Art Company Exhibit, The Vacant Space, Glasgow, 2019
Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Year of the Young People, Underbelly, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, 2018
Imprint, The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, 2018
WASPS Artist and Maker Market, The Briggait, Glasgow, 2017
Christopher Byrne at Skypark, Skypark, Glasgow, 2017
Christopher Byrne at the Backdoor Gallery, Backdoor Gallery, Dalmuir, 2017
Aon Art Community Awards, the Leadenhall Building, London, 2015- 2016
All You Can Eat, Graduate show at the Old Truman Brewery, London, 2015
Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, Tontine building, Glasgow, 2015
I am [///] for you, Fleming House, Glasgow, 2014
An exercise in Pressure, Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, 2013
National Drawing Competition of Scotland, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley Museum, 2011