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Myles, Scott


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Scott Myles expresses his ideas in varied materials and in many mediums including sculpture, printmaking, painting, text, drawing, photography, artists’ books and performance. If there is a signature to his work it isn’t to be found in a single aesthetic or ‘look’, or in the use of a particular material, but in the ideas and concepts that underpin all his projects. His practice is both conceptually-based and strongly gestural, and he often combines different artistic processes within single artworks or as part of gallery-based installations. Furthermore, his works may take shape as print-based paintings, for instance, or as large-scale sculptures, but can just as well consist of ephemeral gestures or actions. These varied approaches are a means of exploring his own artistic language and research interests. Key among these are: gift exchange as a forging of reciprocal obligations and relationships; art’s interaction with economics and the status of art-making as a form of work and/or as a refusal of work; and the question of how psychological or subjective dimensions might register in the very materials and structures of our physical environment. Whatever shape Myles’s works take, they ask us to think about how personal and social meanings are layered in objects, images and gestures.

Myles has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and projects, including: ‘This Way Out’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow; ‘Heal Walls’, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo; ‘Potlatch’, Lafayette Maison, Paris (in collaboration with Foundation Lafayette); ‘This Production’, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; and Kunsthalle Zurich.

Group exhibitions include: ‘White Trash’, Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, New York; ‘Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 till now’, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles & Menil Collection, Houston; ‘DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture’, Tate Liverpool; ‘Contemporary Scottish Art: New Acquisitions & Loans’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; ‘Blasted Allegories’, Works from the Ringier Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern; ‘On interchange/Interludes of a collection’, Museum Kurhaus Kleve; ‘Theorema’, Collection Lambert en Avignon; ‘Image/Text’, Tate Modern, London.

Myles’s artworks are held in private and public museum collections including Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; British Council Collection, UK; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. He has been awarded two Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship in 2016 and 2018, to support his research at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, USA. Myles has also been awarded a numbers of residencies, most recently at Cove Park in Scotland in 2017. Myles is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/ Karlsruhe & The Breeder, Athens.


In conjunction with role as a Research Fellow (2013-2018), and lecturer (2018- ongoing) Myles lectures on both undergraduate and postgraduate level courses. Myles has designed and delivered a series of master classes, seminars and lectures, as well as conducting study trips, group research, recorded one-to-one tutorials, critiques and degree show assessment.

Myles has taught, delivered artists’ talks, conducted workshops, seminars and thematic lectures at the following venues:

The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford; St Andrews University; Kunsthalle Zurich; Art Center College of Design MFA Program, Los Angeles; Glasgow University Art History Department; Glasgow School of Art; Edinburgh College of Art, Limerick School of Art & Design, OTIS College of Art & Design, Los Angeles; USC Roski School of Fine Art Master’s Program, Los Angeles; The Common Guild, Glasgow; Cove Park, Argyle & Bute; CCA, Glasgow; Virginia Historical Society, Richmond; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Tramway, Glasgow; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Jerwood Space, London; Projects in Art & Theory, Cologne; BBC Scotland; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Tate Britain, London; Tate Modern, London; Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig; University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

He was external examiner for three-year cycle, B.A. Drawing & Painting, Limerick College of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland, 2014 - 2017


This Production

This Production was a solo exhibition of artworks across two main galleries at Dundee Contemporary Arts (07 April 2012 – 10 June 2012). The exhibition included new sculptures, an expansive site-specific installation and a new series of prints produced with DCA print studio. An associated 48 page hardback catalogue contained an essay ‘Houses in Motion’ by Dr Dominic Paterson (University of Glasgow). It was the first essay to take stock of important developments in Myles’s practice since the publication of Caiomhin Mac Giolla Leith's (University College Dublin) essay on the artist in a monograph published by Kunsthalle Zurich/ JRP Ringier in 2007. ‘Houses in Motion’ examines Myles's re-use of certain works and motifs and relates his practice to Walter Benjamin's allegory of the building site in 'One-Way Street', and looks in particular at Myles’ extrapolation of the idea of 'both-and' postmodernism as theorised by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

This Production and related events were funded by Dundee Contemporary Arts, The Henry Moore Foundation, Creative Scotland and Dundee City Council. 

Myles, Scott, 2013, This Production. Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland. ISBN 978-0-9558769-6-7 Case bound: 215 x 250mm. Colour. Word Count 3,800. 48 Pages. Worldwide distribution Art Data.

A Full Stop

Full Stop (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman)’ (2006) is an artwork that explores and manipulates the social nuances of language and established aesthetic codes. Myles borrowed a first edition copy of the novel ‘Tristram Shandy’ from Glasgow University’s special collections department and photographed the final full stop that closes the novel using a photomicroscope in the University’s geology department. The resulting image was blown up in scale and exhibited in a number of institutions and reproduced in the leading Sternean Academic Journal ‘The Shandean’ in 2009. Myles’s artwork was acquired for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s permanent collection the same year.

Transcript of an interview and two images of artworks ‘Reciprocity on Three Planes’ (2009) and ‘Full Stop (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman)’ (2006) published in ‘The Shandean’ (Volume 20 November 2009). Pages 68, 159 – 160, 3pp ISSN 0956-3083

Myles, S (2008). ‘Das Ungleiche Paar (EVOL)’ ‘(The Unlike Pair (EVOL))’.

Group exhibition and exhibition catalogue: ‘On interchange/ Interludes of a collection’ at Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany, 2008. Co- Author(s): Barunke, Regina (Temporary Gallery, Cologne), Haberer, Lilian (University of Cologne) & Monig, Roland (Museum Kurhaus Kleve), (ed.)Myles’ role was as an artist invited by curators Barunke, and Haberer to research and directly engage with the permanent collection at Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany.

On interchange/ Interludes of a collection. Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-934935, Publisher: Museum Kurhaus und Koekkoek-Haus Kleve, (ed.), Kleve, 2008, Pages: pp. 84- 91 & 97 - 99

SCOTT MYLES, monograph, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich.

This volume offers a comprehensive look into Myles' artistic production from 1999 to 2006. The oeuvre of Myles is strongly gestural and consists of photographs, objects, serigraphs, paintings and performance-based projects-a kind of reactivation of ideas on the valuation of art and social reality by means of the re-use of already established aesthetic codes. Thus, along with known art-historical works and their themes, concepts such as generosity or communication play a large role, as well as the involvement of the subject in his/her own environment. Myles' work, however, also always deals with his experience as an artist, with the role of the viewer and a certain openly avowed romanticism. Along with all of this is a high degree of fictionalization, and, included in these fictions, the potential for producing art.

Ruf, Beatrix (ed), SCOTT MYLES, (monograph), Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Published by JRP Ringier, Zurich, 2007, ISBN: 978-3-905-701-63-0

Tate Triennial 2006: New British Art

Providing a snapshot of contemporary art practice in Britain, this book explores a significant theme emerging from the work of the artists selected: the appropriation and re-casting of cultural material. A short essay accompanies the work of each of the thirty artists featured in the exhibition at Tate Britain, London.

Stout, Katharine, SCOTT MYLES, in Tate Triennial 2006: New British Art, (exhibition catalogue), Tate Publishing, London, 2006, pp. 104 – 107 ISBN-13:978 185437 622 0 and ISBN-10:1 85437 6225

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Research Output

Research into the Best Products Archive: A Journey by Artist Scott Myles

Myles, S. & Paterson, D., 2020, In : Virginia History & Culture. Winter/Spring 2020, p. 24-27

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  • Amber Room: Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe

    Myles, S., 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Domestic Bliss: GoMA, Glasgow

    Myles, S., Mar 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Little and Large Editions: invited by Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin

    Myles, S., Feb 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Prizes

    Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship 2016

    Myles, Scott (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship 2018

    Myles, Scott (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

    Myles, Scott (Recipient), 15 Aug 2014

    Prize: Other distinction

    Bet Low Trust Award

    Myles, Scott (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Cove Park, Artists Residency, Argyle & Bute, Scotand

    Myles, Scott (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Maximage Design Studio

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    20 Nov 2019

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    Phil Collins

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    16 Jan 2019

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    Artists in Print

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    13 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Artists in Print

    Scott Myles (Invited speaker)

    3 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Merlin James

    Scott Myles (Host)

    19 Feb 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a non-academic visitor