|In Glasgow - still glowing from huge success of the Commonwealth Games - Glasgow Print Studio has had a raft of interesting shows & talks. On cue David Shrigley kept us amused while he talked about his erratic career in the print world. Nearby Bronwen Sleigh's admirable etchings are inspired by massive if neglected industrial structures.|
I found the GPS Generation contribution, Michael Fullerton a deal more interesting than most. He dots around rather too much but in the process covers plenty of ground. Surprisingly he addresses portraiture in conventionally mode. These rather ordinary large scale paintings do nothing for the show despite his interest in power & figures with a complex political background. But he also has a happy knack for display of large prints & flashing lights!
Now the space is filled by Elizabeth BLACKADDER's print retrospective spanning 30 years of collaborative production at GPS. In half a century of printmaking she's covered most techniques. Great draughtsmanship means she captures her famous cats, flowers & Venice landmarks with a signature economy of means, avoiding any suggestion of the saccharin. GPS has helped her create over 100 lithographs, etchings, screenprints & woodcuts. Quite remarkable. A lovely show.
Down the road SCOTT MYLES's Modern Institute installation, Mummies, is helped by a huge praying hands (printed by GPS) which give impact & act as background to orange cubes. These are made out of 10 suitcases wrapped, shrouded & encased in amber plastic. Myles sees these as transitional objects loaded with 'subjective investments.' I am not so sure. Prints + woven wall hangings look at ancient & new results from 'programming' - a nice allusion.
At Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, (GOMA) Nathan COLEY's installation of 286 places of Edinburgh worship, created for Birmingham, looks splendid. Made from cardboard: exact, precise, hard edged, it's an ecclesiastical toy town with doors, windows but no icons. No crosses, no emblems of Jewish, Methodist, Catholic etc dogma. Coley has long been interested in architecture & this is obviously done with love.
GOMA's ground floor is full of Douglas GORDON's 81 videos on 101 TVS. Placed in a circle - or oval- they include "Pretty much every film & video from about 1992 until now" he says. His famous Psycho is at Edinbro's GMA, but here we have plenty to choose from. I vote for the hands & arms, some wrestling with themselves,(Divided Self 1996) + the elephant filmed in Gagosian's huge space in Chelsea NYC. In December Gordon will flood the 55,000 sq ft hall New York Armory nearby to us with a huge installation Tears become .. streams become.. in collaboration with pianist Helene Grimaud. It's the 8th Armory commission. This water, light & music event should be a showstopper.
While Gordon is the best known of Scotland's current stars, Sara BARKER, new to me, has a great display of structures made up of wire & chain. Drawings in space attached to a wall - black or white - a light framework welded together into complex forms. Then reminded me of Bronwen Sleigh's work. The 2 could make an interesting dual show together.
The GLASGOW GROUP have ben going for over 50 years. Founded by artists for artists this early cooperative has had huge shows (at Tramway) smaller shows at the Lillie Art Gallery. Now they do an interim 3 week exhibition at Hillhead Library, Byres Rd, Glasgow when Philip Reeves shows terrific etchings and collages. Others include Gregor Smith, Shona Dougall & Damian Henry.
Nearby A Silvered Light: Scottish Art Photography from Dundee's Collection" is a wonderful show of work by 40 photographers covering 1985-99 like Colin Ruscoe, Catherine Yass, (great shots of the Tay bridge) Wendy McMurdo (showing at Street Level) Maud Sulter, Patricia Macdonald, Calum Colvin. The collection of 1,000 images includes 800 by Joe McKenzie.
Welcome to this new Scottish gallery!