SITE SPECIFIC | Douglas Gibb
Beach, near to James Street
'Portobello Flat Stones'
Douglas Gibb will distribute a large number of small flat stones around the beach. The stones, sourced from a landscaping supplier, will temporarily remedy the lack of natural stones suitable for 'skimming' on Portobello beach, and will hopefully thereby provide many moments of fun.
Stone skimming is often portrayed in fiction as a moment of particular spontaneity in which an inner emotional state momentarily coalesces perfectly with the natural surroundings. For those who are aware that the stones have been put there specially this image is set off against the much more calculated action of placing the stones on the beach as an artwork.
Douglas Gibb graduated from Glasgow School of Art's MFA course in 1995 and has since exhibited artwork sporadically, whilst working mainly as a commercial photographer. His work explores the relationship between conscious action and emotion, and has used a variety of media including photography, sculpture and sound installation.