In 1990 lots of wonderful things happened. In those halcyon pre-Brexit days, the more we could exchange with Europe the better. Glasgow's position as European Capital of Culture facilitated all sorts of collaborations & swops, (20 in all from 10 different countries) but none better than VIER + FOUR, a fabulous book which involved 4 artists & 4 writers to collaborate.
The 2 artists from Glasgow were Joe DAVIE and Murray Robertson, the writers none other than Liz Lochhead & Alisdair Gray!
Yesterday I saw that book again, as part of Joe Davie's FIDRA GALLERY `show in North BERWICK. It really is superb.
Then Davie's idiosyncratic narrative wit tackled the German language. Today, using his favourite familiar characters, hapless heroes, obsolete soldiers, sinners & teacher, bee-keepers and pilgrims, he is involved in maths & electricity, identity, faith and its absence, misplaced faith - modern day golden calves. All good for Easter Friday. Great watercolours too.
Davie shows alongside fantastic Edinbro etcher ROBERT POWELL
and fantasist Mark BANNERMAN. They are in good company for Joe has long played Fantasia with a cast of make-believe characters who have - obviously - stayed in my imagination for over 25 years!
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