ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
llansen is an artist I have long admired for the inroads she paints into human interiors. particularly the interiorsof women. Heads and bodies squeeze into the frame fitting only throuin distortion. with colour scry'ing to heighten their tense energy.
An exhibition not to miss. Note that Hansen is also showing in a mixed show at the (‘ompass (iallery. (ilasgow this month.
I COLERIDGE GALLERY 47b (ieorge Street. 2201305. Mon» Sat “Iain-5.30pm. 'I'hisis the place to see contemporary British glass; the selection is usually very good and the gallery. recognising that glass isa tactile medium. has a very welcome policy ofencouraging y isitors to handle the pieces.
Studio Glass l'ntil 2‘) ( )ct. Work by Adam Aaronson.
I COLLECTIVE GALLERY loo 1 Iigli Street. 220 I2oll. 'l'ue I‘ri I23” 5.3(lpm: Sat ll).3llam 5.3“an
Rebecca Finch I.'ntiI 2‘) ( )ct. Photographic work.
I COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE Rutland Square. Mon l’ri lilamrSpm; Sat
Images of Tribal India t‘niil 15(m. Paintings and etchings by Sujata Bajaj.
I CRAMOND SCULPTURE CENTRE Moray House College. ('raniond Road North. 312600] ext 272.
New Sculpture in Scotland tfniil ll December. A new and very welcome venue which will serve as a permanent. outdoor exhibition space for contemporary art and sculpture ~ the only space of its type. 'l‘wely'e sculptors have made work for the exhibition: 'l'raey MacKenna. Sibylle \‘on llalem. Moira Innes. Doug (‘ocker. Wendy IIaIstead.
Valerie Pragnell. Peter I Iill. Arran Ross. Julie .\Ic(‘ran. John Hunter. David Moore and Iilizabeth McFaII. See panel.
I RICHARD DEMARCO GALLERY Blackl'riars Church. BIackIriars Street (off High Street). 5520707.
University of Ulster MA Show t’ntil 15 ()ct. An exhibition from nine recent graduates. I DANISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE 3 I)oune Terrace. 225 718‘). Mon-- Fri Ilium-5pm. Landscape photographs of Ireland, Iceland and Denmark t 'ntil 3 Nos: Kirsten Klein. I EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. 2299.“ l. .‘onn Thurs 10am 8pm. Fri lilam~ 5pm. Sat Illam- 2pm.
Jim Mooney I'ntil 21 ()ct. An exhibitionol~ paintings to be held in the Sculpture(‘ourt ol'thc college.
Gary Panter 13 Oct 7pm. An illustrated lecture in the Main Lecture Theatre.
I ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION 22 Atholl ('rescent.22‘)152ls’. Mon Sat Illam 5pm. Edward Hasell McCosh t'niil 22 ( )ct. Iitcrc'sa dark. 18th century richnessto the picture of "I'he lntruding Sw an' which advertises this exhibition.
I EILMHOUSE Iothiatt Road. 2286382. .‘onn Satnoon llpm; Sun (will llpm. Licensed restaurant.
Nick Price Nick Price's exhibition continues. A month-long trek through the remote mountains oI Nepal resulted in this group of photographs from an lidinburgh-based photographer. He described the experience of watching the people suffer as ‘like being in a space capsule. You're unable to touch the children. or to help them. You canonly watch.‘ All proceeds from sales go to I'NK‘l-II-I
I FINE ART SOCIETY 12 ( ireat King Street. 5560305. Mon Sat Illam (ipm. Retrospective I 'ntiI 2‘) ( )ct. Portraits by‘
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OUT OF THE GARDEN Dhruva Mistry, Collins Gallery, Glasgow
Dhruva Mistry will undoubtedly be best known in Glasgow for his Reclining Woman, made at Govan Shipbuilders and commissioned for the Glasgow Garden Festival. Unfortunately, in common with much of the sculpture at the festival, her siting was less than ideal. She lay in a gravel pit circled by chains in front of a row of souvenir stalls. lnevitably such an inhospitable situation was a distraction. Her voluptuous breasts and red lips, symbols of fertility and passion in Hindu and Buddist art, seemed crudely exposed and her monumental qualities diminished in her contrived arena.
At the Collins Gallery it is possible to see Dhruva Mistry‘s sculpture (his first exhibition in Scotland) this month against neutral ground. Born and trained as an artist in India, Mistry came to Britain in 1981 and has since studied at the Royal College of Art, been resident artist with Kettle‘s Yard in Cambridge and the Victoria and Albert Museum, had several solo
shows in London and contributed to all three garden festivals. In Britain, a country which is gradually breaking up the notion that one culture exists to the exclusion of all others, Mistry's art presents a fusion of east and west which excites both curiosity and pleasure.
What strikes first is Mistry‘s tactile colour. A red woman, half Indian god, half odalisque. reclines in one corner. A yellowed man, his eyes open bright in death or perhaps just meditation, lies lace up on the floor. Plasterwall plaquestheatrically blend turquoise and red. The colour of Mistry‘s work is more mysterious than decorative, a symbolic addition to form. Both colour and form have an underlying Indian character.
It is that essential Eastern character in Mistry‘s work which attracts strong fascination. Western and Egyptian influences are melted and absorbed into it in varying degrees. Indian symbolism stands clear of an early Renaissance influence on the plaster Maya Medallions and a three-dimensional blue White Elephant has a simple power. Interestingly, his drawings much less successfully combine cultures with Picasso sticking rather awkwardly out as a primary inﬂuence.
In his most recent sculptures, Mistry has left his inner image of man as creature behind. Or has he? Perhaps the two little golden boats are a refinement on these juxtapositions and meditations of life. Certainly the golden throne on one could be imagined as a human shape, Henry Moore style. (Alice Bain)
GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO
22 KING STREET
Gl ASGOW GI SQP
ORIGINAL PRINTS, PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS BY
MURRAY ROBERTSON 8th — 28th October
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE Richmond Street, Glasgow G1
Sculptures and Drawings by
DHRUVA MISTRY 1982 — 88 Until 29th October
Mon—Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat 12 noon—4pm Sung/(Ilsa! by the Scottish Arts COUﬂClI
Limited WASHINGTON GALLERY
An Exhibition of New Works by
LESLEY MAIN October l3th-November 10th
Mon-Fri lOam—lpm and 2—5pm Sat lOam—l pm
The Washington Gallery, 44 Washington Street, Glasgow G3 8A2 Telephone 04] 221 6780
CROSSING BOUNDARIES Ceramics and Drawings PETER BEVAN, DAVE COHEN, JAMES COSGROVE,
Subsidised by the Scottish Arts Council and Glasgow District Council
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