David Lemm

Selected Press/Texts



Partial update Mar 24 (Full update soon)
Selected Works

23.         Fastenings 
22.         Tracks
22.         Track prints                  
20>        Oblique Territories
21.          Desire Lines, Leith Links  
20.         Studies for a New Normal
19.          Alleged Magical Artefacts
18.          Kilbeg Commission          
17.          Waxing Moon, Setting Sun
15.          Debris and Phenomena           

20-22     Royal Brompton Diagnostic Centre
21           Stakamillabakka               
19-21      (w)ORD
17/21       Open Close                        
17-18      Jon Schueler Scholarship
18.          Imagine A Garden
16.          ATLAS Edition
15/16       House of Illustration
14.          Mapping Eigg
14.          Chamberlain Lab

Open Close

Painted steel
90 x 168cm (x2)

Orignally a temporary installation created for Open Close, an exhibition in the closes of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh held in 2017. Commissioned as a permanent public artwork by Edinburgh World Heritage in 2021 and remade in steel. 

In 2017 these window spaces sat empty alongside the original railings under the word ‘Rebuilt’.
These historic railings were in disrepair and I saw this as an opportunity to respond directly to the existing vernacular of the close, so used the shapes and motifs in the existing railings as building blocks to create new designs.
This acts as a simple metaphor for the re-working or re-imagining of the closes and the new structures sit in conversation with the original fittings.


Exposed silk screen and aluminium frame
112 x 142cm (x 3)

Temporary installation, Chalmers Close, Edinburgh.

Each frame is compositionally informed by the windows of the surrounding buildings which dominate and look into the close.

The imagery also references the architecture of the close and how it funnels our vision, inviting a reframing of otherwise overlooked details.