unintelligible truths 

unintelligible truths

In 1998 the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh presented an exhibition, curated by Pat Fisher, entitled ‘intelligible lies’. It featured the work of Victoria Morton, Carol Rhodes and Graeme Todd, all of whom had recently had, or were about to have, solo shows at the newly opened Andrew Mummery Gallery in London. The twentieth anniversary of ‘intelligible lies’ provided an opportunity to revisit the exhibition and the questions that it posed and Pat Fisher, Victoria Morton and Graeme Todd were invited to meet up again at A-M-G5’s space in Oxford House in Glasgow in November 2018. Carol Rhodes, who was sadly too ill to be present, was represented by Merlin James. Topics addressed in the conversation included changes in the perception and exhibition of painting, and the daily practice of its making. Morton and Todd provide fascinating insights into their working practices and James relays Rhodes’s recent re-evaluations of statements that she had made twenty years earlier in an interview with Pat Fisher. The event was chaired by Andrew Mummery. To listen to the conversation, please click here:


Works each by Morton, Rhodes and Todd were on display on the occasion of the conversation and are illustrated below.

Carol Rhodes, Victoria Morton and Graeme Todd, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, June 1998.

intelligible lies. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. 27 June – 1 August, 1998.

unintelligible truths. A-M-G5. November 2018.

Victoria Morton Untitled [2018] oil on canvas. 25.5 x 30 cm.

Carol Rhodes Geothermal Site [c. 2014-15] pencil on paper. 60.5 x 51 cm.

Graeme Todd Hermit House VIII [2018] acrylic, ink, gesso, pencil and varnish on plywood. 75 x 110 cm.

Carol Rhodes, Road and Valley [1999], Oil on board, 42 x 51 cm