ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
Christmas Book Fair and Exhibition Until 20 Dec. Books. posters, badges. cards and bookplates for sale. Grand Second Hand Book Sale on Sat 14 Dec.
0 PEOPLE’S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green. 554 0223. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 2—5pm.
Closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan.
The glasshouse at the People‘s Palace is open on Christmas Day and New Year‘s Day. ifyou need a quiet place to get away from it all.
James Maxton Exhibition Until Feb.
; Paintings of the Miners' Strike 1984/5 5 Mick McGahey. Arthur Scargill. g strike collections and picket lines are
recorded by Andrew Hay. a young lorry driver involved in the action of
Recently Acquired Modern Paintings Until end Jan. The common theme being Glasgow and Glaswegians.
this exhibition ranges from an early James Morrison canvas (originally
f commissioned by Camp Coffee) to the very large. exuberant Norman
Kirkham portrait ofthe well-loved music hall stars Fran and Anna.
Younger artists include Peter
I Howson. Alexander Guy and
0 POLLOK HOUSE 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 632 0274. Mon—Sat
f 10am-5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Closed 25
Decand 1 Jan.
3 All the Tea in China 7 Jan—I April.
PROVANO’S LORDSHIP 3 Castle
: Street. Mon—Sat 9.30—5pm. Sun
2—5pm. Closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan. The Beginnings oi the Santa Collection Over Christmas and New Year. A small number of Santas and St Nicks
j which mark the beginning ofa new
Glasgow collection. (See KIDS page).
Annan’s Prints Indefinite. The closes and wynds photographed by Annan.
. Glasgow photographer. 2 Etchings and Prints oi the Glasgow Cathedral Area Indefinite. This
4 selection includes Victorian prints of
Glasgow characters including
. Hawkie, Rab Haw— the Glasgow
Glutton and Old Malabar the ler.
. 0 THE SCOTTISH DESIGN CENTRE 72
St Vincent Street, 221 6121. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9am-5pm.
Closed 25. 26 Dec and 1.2 Jan. Design for Need Until Thurs 26 Dec. Founded 20 years ago by the author
of ‘Small is Beautiful‘. Dr E. F. Schumacher. the Intermediate
Technology Development Group is Q a British charity which provides
practical assistance on the appropriate choice of machines. tools and production processes for the rural poor of the Third World. The 20 projects featured in this exhibition can all be manufactured locally and range from load-carrying trikes to coloured toys.
Innovative Knitwear Until 4 J an. Innovative British knitwear featuring over 100 products by 23 manufacturers.
Christmas at the Design Centre Until 4 Jan. Some ideas for presents chosen from the Design Centre selection.
0 SCOTTISH EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE Finnieston, 248 3000. Two restaurants, five bars,
Tony Jones, director of the Glasgow School of Art, enthused about industrial sponsorship at the opening oi the Benson & Hedges Gold Awards exhibition, and joyfully described the £12,000 worth oi prize money as ‘much more than Luce (sic) change.'This year's show, which opened in London, and is touring seven British cities, features 120 professional, student and amateur entries, based on the theme of ‘energy'.
When the Photographers’ and lllustrators' Awards were established in 1983 the topic was ‘Gold’, and the following year ‘Time'. The choice oi an unrestrictive one-word theme allows for a wide variety oi interpretations, and the mood of the 1985 show ranges from calculated humour, to fear, to brash exuberance.
In Martin Farrar’s watercolour, ‘Punk Gets a Raise’, energy sizzles in a spikey hairdo plugged into a wall-socket, but the joke turns ugly in Chris Priestly's acrylic of a man strapped into an electric chair. Unsurprisineg there are several variations on aggressive three-pin plugs— in Patrick McAIIlster’s pink and black gouache they replace the heads oi office workers- and a generous
selection oi smashed and intact light bulbs.
Ironically perhaps, some of the best photographs conspicuoust focus on a lack of energy. Brian Shaw’s beautifully evocative ‘Blue Monday‘ depicts an exhausted launderette worker slumped on a chair beneath a line of dripping socks. Duncan Sim’s portrayal of ‘Derelict Gas Works' is striking , even if the sunset is a little chocolate-boxish. Ken Hedley’s sun sinking behind a nuclear power station is suffused with an orange warning light.
Excess 20th century energy is wearin presented in Robert lieesom’s ‘The End of the Road For Oil’ where a huge white car is a stranded whale in a forest of petrol pumps, while Anne Magill’s ‘Brute Force' powerfully confronts crowd violence. However energy is a positive force again in Martin Chatterton’s tribute to a blaring saxophone and many works celebrate dance and the dancer. Some photographs recall record sleeves, such as David Mclntyre’s rap-inspired ‘Hl Energy’, and Simon Clay’s hippy fireworks magician parodiesthe imagery of second-rate heavy metal.
The winning professional illustrators' entry- ‘Energy to the Mass’ in which
Chris Milton interprets the Creation through Egyptian mythology and the
I quantum theory, is filled with frenetic
scribbles and the spirit of improvisation. In strong contrast George Logan’s winning photograph —
Nuclear Fishing by George Logan
‘Nuclear Fishing—is animmaculately 'i
constructed visual witticism,
reminiscent of the B G H adverts. In this
style, I particularly liked Robert Walker‘s cleverly photographed
’ shadow of Popeye flexing his lumpy
muscles, titled ‘Spinach Gives Ya Energy’.
Nothing could be more different than Thomas Joshua Cooper’s exhibition at the Third Eye Centre, except that his
work also demonstrates a high level of '
technical expertise. Raised on a Red
Indian reservation , and related to the Cherokee tribe, Cooper’s concentrated landscapes convey a reverence for the
intricate patterns of the forest. Even the smallest twig or pebble is imbued with
a mysterious eloquence. Cooper, now head of Photography at Glasgow School of Art, says his pictures are ‘made not taken’. Unfortunately they
are too darho be reproduced here, but i
the framed ‘black puddles’ in the gallery reveal a wealth of details at closer inspection. (Lucy Ash)
open all day. Also snack bars and bank. Access via ramps.
Christmas and New Year Carnival Until 11 Jan. (See KIDS section).
0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7521. Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm, Sun 2—5.30pm. Cafe. [D]
Closed 25 Dec-2 Jan.
Thomas Joshua Cooper “Between Dark and Dark’ Until 11 Jan. Photographs of dark thickets and black mysterious seas where legend has been subtly tampering with nature. (See panel).
Beyond Jargon in the Garden or Between Tea and Biscuits - An Artist’s
Talk about Meanings Sat 14 Dec 3.30pm. Free. Thomasloshua Cooper will give an account of his work, life and times with props! William Long—The Making of Carmen Until 11 Jan. Bar exhibition. Open Tue—Fri 11am—2.30pm. Sat 11am—5pm and during evening performances.
Carmen A recent Scottish Ballet production in rehearsal and behind the scenes by dancer photographer William Long.
A Selection from the 4th Smith Biennial Until 11 Jan. Glasgow artists are making their marks strongly. The statistic that over halfof the 65 artists
selected for the Biennial are now living or were trained in Glasgow seems proofof that. Twenty-seven artists from the exhibition. organised by the Stirling Smith Gallery and seen in Stirling earlier this year have been selected for this venue before the exhibition travels in full to London. Prizewinners ofthe Biennial were Ian McCulloch(1st), Lys Hansen (2nd) and Adrian Wiszniewski (3rd).
Margaret Morris— Drawings and Designs and the Glasgow Years Just published by the Third Eye Centre, containing reminiscences by Bet Low, Jim Hastie, Pat Douthwaite
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