Glen Onwin: Revenges of Nature, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Glen Onwin‘s vast, abstract pictures look as though he might have plunged a spade deep into the earth and painted a cross-section at what he found there. What he tound was not the good, organic soil, but an earth which had been poisoned and blackened, damaged beyond repair like a taste which turns to ashes in your mouth.

His subject in all these enormous, multi-media canvases, which seem to have caught some of the debris ot the earth in their resinous surfaces, is the

I MCLELLAN GALLERIES Rose Street Mon—Sat 1li.3(lam- (ipm; Sun 2pm 5pm. Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts 127th Annual Exhibition 1 ‘niil n .\'os-. An exhibition ofconleiiiporary paintingsand sculptures. Among the the better known exhibitors are David Donaldson and Eduardo Paolozzi.

I MAIN FINE ART The Studio ( iallery. lli (iibson Street. 334 8858. Tue Sat lllam-5pm.

The opening of the Mains" new gallery in (iibson Street has been postponed until end ()ct. Upstairs Lesley .\1aiii's work is on view.

I EWAN MUNDY FINE ART 48 West ( icorgc Street. 331 24lib..\1oii—-Sat 9.3l)am~5.3llpin.

J O Fergusson L'ntil 12 Nov. An exhibition of paintings. watercolours and drawings by the Scottish colourist.

I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Kelvin l 1all (Entrance from Bunbouse Road with parking facilities) Mon Sat ll) 5pm;Sun 2--5pm. A history of some of the elaborate mechanisms employed for the simple purpose of getting from A to B.

I 908 GALLERY l2 ()tago Street. 3393158. Mon—Sat lliam—(ipm.

New lmagist Until 27 ()et. ()ne-maii show by the Glaswegian painter Vincent (iiui Clark.

I PEOPLE'S PALACE MUSEUM (iizisgow Green. 5540223. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 1—5pm. Glasgow's museum of working life. Now in its *Nlth year. the museum is currently undergoing essential repairs and refurbishment which will last throughout the year.

corrosive effect of radio-activity. What is so disturbing and so clever about his approach is the way in which he suggests radiation has got into the substance of lite, into as it were, the spirogira, the simple one-celled plant, and the basis of it all. Moreover, in an evil way, it seems to have adopted an organic existence itsell.

In one picture there is a fibrous, ribbony lorm at the top, like seaweed seen underthe microscope, and below is the image enlarged still lurther, to single, round. waxy-looking molecules, the sort they draw in biology lessons. But underthe opaque

Stained Glass Gallery Permanent gallery ot secular and religious stained glass which acknowledges ( ilasgow 's impressive history in the field. See panel.

The Glasgow Boxer t nut 3] ()cl. With one exception every Scottish world boxing champion has come from ( ilasgow or nearby .loiinny lIill was(ilasgow'stirst

.lackie Paterson. Wee Walter Mc( iowaii and Jim W all. Photographs show boxing on the ( ilasgow scene past and present. the doctors. the promoters. the referees and doormen.

M20274. Mon Sat lllam 5pm. Sun

1 5pm NeighbourtotheBui‘rell (‘ollcctioii. this 18th century house contains the Stirling Maxwell ('ollection of Spanish paintings and period furnishings.

I THE SCOTTISH DESIGN CENTRE 72 St Vincent Street. 221 (i121. .‘slon—Sat 9.31M”) 5pm.

Design: The Problem Comes First L,'Titi129 Oct. '1 w enty six Danish design classics. Creating a World that Works tintil 2‘) ()ct. 1 low major developments in design

domestic and everyday sphere.

I SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street 557 l4ll5..\1on-~1"ri ll).3llani—5piii. Sun 2 5pm.

A Place to Stay L'ntil Nov as. One ofthe largest exhibitions ever mounted on the subject of housing in Scotland. The exhibition traces the transiormation of Springburn from a small village and

world champion. then came Benny Lynch.

I PULLOK HOUSE 211nt i’olltiksttztws Road.

engineering have been channelled iiitothe

(adjacent to Springburn Railway Station).

surface of each is a tiny radioactive symbol, its horrible radio-active nucleus which has penetrated, and lives at, the heart of matter.

Another picture, New Landscape shows what looks like a scene of pink clouds. They till the huge space of the painting and amongstthem. at regular intervals, you begin to notice pin-pricks of forms emerging out of the pinky sky. They might be the noses of planes, flying in formation, straight at the spectator. They‘re not of course, they are again tiny yellow symbols of radio-activity. advancing with menace, severity and en masse. (Sally Kinnes)

industrial suburb where property was privately owned. to today's town dominated by council tower blocks. home for 50’} ofthe residents.

Margaret Hunter, a young Glasgow School of Art graduate followed in the steps 01 Gwen Hardie with a post-graduate year in Berlin underthe tutorship ol the artist Baselitz. Her ligurative images are compulsive and unrestrained. drawn from inner desire and expression and bringing togetherthe contradictory torces of animal and spirit. (A8)

I THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. Tue—Sat “lam—5.30pm. Sun 2—-5.3l)pm.

Lighting Up Time Three slide tape projects. City Lights 1 l~22 Oct. The Slide Workshop in Edinburgh working with 8l)(i1aswegian schoolchildren to produce this work. Aeroplane l l—lo ()ct. Work by Thomas Lisle. Pale Battalions It‘s-23 ()et. By Roberta (iraham and Ken llollings.

I TRANSMISSION GALLERY 13(‘hisholm Street. 552 4813. Mon—Sat noon—bpm. Graham Harwood L'ntil 13 ()ct. Hoarding-size pictures made up from photocopied images which. according to the artist. look at ‘work in contemporary culture. why fascist and socialist images from the 1930s are similar and bow working class people view those images today.‘ There is also an installation piece with 'lots of objects and rubbish emerging front a drain.‘

Metamorphoses Black and white pictures of faces by (‘zechoslovakian photographer 1van Slavdek.

I WASPS 26 King Street. 552 (1564. .‘vlond’ri lllam ~5pin. A newshop. exhibition space and resource centre with information on work by all WASPS artists. Slide library and information about how to commission work.

I WARE ON EARTH 488 ( ircat Western Road. 33‘) 2024.

This recently opened gallery is exhibiting the works of I‘iona Sutherland. formerly at the sister gallery in Iidinburgh. New Sicilian work will shortly be arriving in the two galleries.

I WASHINGTON GALLERY 44 Washington Street. (141 221 (i781). .‘vlon-l-‘ri lllam— lpm. 2--5pm;Sat lllam- lpm.

I. Lesley Main L'ntil l 1 Nov. Lesley Mainis a (ilasgow painter of landscapes and flowers. decorative themes executed with skill and a lightness oftouch.


I BOURNE FINE ART 4 Dundas Street. 557 4050. Mon-Fri lllam —(ipm.

Scottiin painting 18lilL.1‘)5()and decorative Arts.

The Edinburgh Group tintil 15 ()et. A mixture of works by [iric Robertson. I)..\1. Sutherland. Spence Smith and others.

I BYZANTIUM GALLERY Victoria Street. .\1on~Sat [Ham—5.30pm.

Pictish Stones in the Kingdom of Fife Until 23 Oct. An exhibition of Pictish art by Marianna Lines.

I CALTON GALLERY ll) Royal Terrace. 556 Hill). Mon "Fri lllam—(ipm; Sat

lllam-- lpm.

Next exhibition. on the subject ofmarine paintings. will be in ()ct (dates to be decided).

I CENTRAL LIBRARY George [V Bridge, 225 5584. Mon-Fri 9am—9pm; Sat 9am—1pm.

Australia 200 Books and other material. I CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424 ext M51). Mon—Sat loam—5pm. Licensed cafe. [1)]

Shape and Form: Six Sculptors lrom Scotland L'ritil 22 ()ct. Young Scottish contemporaries spread out a little in the (‘ity Arts (‘entre after a rather cramped first showing in the Collins. Glasgow. Kirsty McUhie's detailed. arching shape. coiled like a gentle caterpillar.Tracy MacKenna's light metal cells and Andrew Miller's bed cum ocean with pillow cum submarine are three ofthe most striking exhibits.

Four Years On: Scottish Patchwork and Quilting lintil 12 Nov. Not so much the cut and thrust ofcommereial art as the cut out and sew of patchwork and quilting. The second exhibition organised by the Thistle Quilters. which brings together amateurs and professionals from all over Scotland. National Health Service 40th Anniversary Exhibition Until 29 ()ct. The ailing NIIS temporarily resuscitated in an exhibition of its past achievements. Lys Hansen: Recent Works Until 5 Nov.

48 The List 14 27 October 1988