"Well--I compare human life to a large Mansion of Many Apartments, two of which I can only describe, doors of the rest being as yet shut upon me--The first we step into we call the infant or thoughtless Chamber, in which we remain as long as we do not think--We remain there a long while, and notwithstanding the doors of the second Chamber remain wide open, showing a bright appearance, we care not to hasten to it; but are at length imperceptibly impelled by the awakening the thinking principle--within us-we no sooner get into the second Chamber, which I shall call the Chamber of Maiden-Thought, than we become intoxicated with the light and the atmosphere, we see nothing but pleasant wonders, and think of delaying there for ever in delight: However among effects this breathing is father of is that tremendous one of sharpening one's vision into the heart and nature of Man--of convincing ones nerves that the World is full of Misery and Heartbreak, Pain, Sickness and oppression--whereby This Chamber of Maiden Thought becomes gradually darken'd and at the same time on all sides of it many doors are set open--but all dark--all leading to dark passages--We see not the ballance of good and evil. We are in a Mist--We are now in that state--We feel the 'burden of the Mystery'. . ."
John Keats to John Hamilton Reynolds, 3 May 1818
Chamber of Maiden Thought marks the 200th anniversary of this inspirational letter and also unveils a new space in Glasgow. Plant belongs to the artist Raydale Dower, who has restored the premises over the last two years to serve primarily as a studio but with the potential to stage unique events and displays.
Chamber of Maiden Thought is an exhibition with works by Peter Davies, Katy Dove, Raydale Dower, Angus Hood, Eilidh McNair, Christian Stock and Catherine Street and is curated by Graham Domke. It is about visual pleasure, colour theory, psychology, creativity and friendship. The exhibition features painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and moving image works across both floors of the warehouse space.
The exhibition coincides with Glasgow International, Scotland's largest festival for contemporary art, taking place over three weeks every two years across the city of Glasgow. The festival features Raydale Dower Intervals - a sound and light installation evolving continuously over 72hrs and 22mins in the CCA Theatre, free and open to the public 24hrs a day for the duration of the opening weekend of GI. For more information, please email email@example.com
Graham Domke and Raydale Dower would like to thank: Jenny Crowe; Tom Worthington; Emma Dove; Maggie Dove; Kirsten Body; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Katrina Brown and Nathan Coley; The Approach, London; Tourbillon Collection; GPL Contemporary, Vienna; Kirsty Gunn; Edwin Pickstone; Rob Kennedy; Kevin Pollock; Danny Holcroft, Ed Allen; Rhett Leinster Evans.