Robert Powell: Phantom Things

30 October - 28 November 2020 Edinburgh

A highly scholarly body of work, Phantom Things both intellectually and visually identifies the oddly dystopian future we face as a result of our constant need to collect and consume.

 

In this, Robert’s second solo exhibition with The Fine Art Society, his singular voice draws attention towards our obsessions with past utopias that now appear untenable in contemporary western society. This is explored through our relationship with objects, and the emotional significance we often attach to them, reminding us of particular events or individuals. In Powell’s work, this sentiment has been disrupted by the commercial wasteland of consumerism; we are left, instead, with the cultural hauntings of these ‘phantom things’.