CONFUSED IDENTlTlES Stanislaw lgnacy Witkiewicz: Photographs 1899—1939, Third Eye Centre.

Photography as a philosophical medium and metaphysical statement enclosing the individual in history can be seen in the outstanding work oi Witkiewicz— Polish intellectual, theoretician oi society through art and cultural polymath.

Revealing a sensibility which is both proloundly human and psychologically compelling, the photographs on show cover all periods in his liie. Early landscapes in the Tatra mountains and emotionally investigative pre-First World War portraits and sell-portraits, pre-date the staged theatrical images oi the 20s and 30s. The latter, iniluenced by experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs, and the need to translorm the reality oi ‘the monstrous boredom oi mechanical, soulless liie’, parody the tragedy ol the early 20th century human soul. It is, however, the portraits ol himsell and his close lrlends which display the depth oi his commitment to a iorm oi expressive photographic psychoblography— capturing the sell as both created and oppressed, beautllul but unavoidably lragmented.

Close-ups oi blurred, unsmillng laces resemble deathmasks, possessing an emotional intensity, as in the portraits oi his lather and Tadeusz Langier, which are conscious ol the proximity oi death, madness and suilerlng. images oi loved women— his ilancee, mother, cousin Maria - penetrate the space oi the viewer, yet disintegrate, remaining obscure but ultimately captivating.

There is no essential sell in Witkiewicz’s work, nor any illusion ol beauty through truth. Identity is a game, coniused by events-war, the partition oi Poland, drugs, the spiritual banality ol the history oi science, loss oi hope —yet there is a constancy in the theatre oi the lace which speaks its history through these deeply moving photographic works. (Lorna J. Waite)



Through Photography: Oladele Bamgboye, Lorna Bates, Matthew Dalzlel, Brian Jenkins, Vaughan Judge, Third Eye Centre.

New work irom live photographers working in Scotland emphasises the creative role photography can play as a mlrrorto meditate upon a sense ol sell. Divergent lnterests- landscape, lamily dynamics and memory, interiors- converge in the work oi the artists to create a dynamic and coherent group show, locuslng on ideas oi human agency through the construction oi personal meanings.

Lorna Bates charts the iluidity ol lamily dynamics with an imaginative objectivity through her sell/lamily portraits, as her presence is revealed by the casting oi a shadow on

inanimate objects, positioned close to a matrix oi images which constantly reier to each other. Memories are unclear, constantly interiering with the present, disrupting the security oi

boundaries both physical and


Oladele Bamgboye, using his body to create sensitive studies oi naked solitude, evokes images almost like memory traces, where multilayered negatives become metaphors lor the passage ol time and communication between body and object.

For Brian Jenkins, landscape is a space to be entered into, engaged with physically as well as aesthetically. Photographs taken irom wheelchair level, and images oi himsell crawling motion and sensation oi the individual.

The petit bourgeois interior oi an up a scree-covered slope, reilect the idea that landscape can be a physical reality relative to our capabilites, as well as a perception which is tied to the

empty room awaiting redecoration is the salient leature oi Vaughan Judge's work. in a space, bereit oi human presence, where things change according to the reilnements ol taste and style, the room becomes a sort ol projective test where shadow and light are used to emphasise the possible emptiness ol meaning without the existence oi commodities.

Matthew Dalzlel's installation. combining sculpture and slide projection with photography, reliects on rural living and the value oi human labour. A hand holding a sheai oi barley contained by a lrame ol metal contrasts with a xerox oi a handprint, sectioned like a map and held within a plastic bag. Exploring ideas at subsistence. labour and the potential lreedom allorded by a less urbanised existence, the emphasis ol the work is always on the consequence oi human activity. Taken as a whole, the exhibition provides an opportunity to create awareness oi the excellent use oi photography in Scotland at present. (Lorna J. Waite)

presents etchings, large scale charcoal drawings. oils. and glass-fronted boxed collages which all reflect the influence of several visits to Tuscany and Umbria.

I GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART 167 Renfrew Street. 332 9797. Mon—Thurs 10am-9pm. closed Fri. Sat 10am-5pm.

Student Work Until 27 Sept. First year Art and Design students show their best in the Mackintosh.

Student Work Until 27 Sept. A selection of work submitted by this year‘s successful applicants is displayed in the Newbery gaHery.

I HARBINGERS 417 Great Western Road. 339 9999. Mon—Sat 10am-5.30pm. Selection of craftwork by Scottish artists until October.

I HILLHEAO LIBRARY 348 Byres Road. 339 7223. Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm. 2pm—5pm. Closed Wednesday.

Thomas Hamill Until 28 Sept. The erstwhile Glaswegian resident of (‘ornwall displays some of his paintings which involve his highly colourful dreamlike images.

I F.W. HOLROYD (‘orner of (ieorge Street and l ligh Street. 552 2024. Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun 12.30—430pm.

Scottish Landscapes A general exhibition

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in a gallery that specialises in tapestry framin .

I HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY University of Glasgow. 82 llillhead Street. 3305431. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm: Sat 9.30am- 1 pm. A Century oi Revolution: Printmaking in France 1800—1900 Until 20 October. The summer exhibition pays tribute to the remarkable achievements of 19th century French printmakers who reflected their compatriots‘ leading role in the field of painting. The exhibits are drawn entirely from the Hunterian's own collection and feature some of the most innovative artists of the day; Toulouse-Lautrec. Pissaro. Degas and Gaugin.

The Mackintosh House gallery: Open as above but closed for lunch

12.30pm—l .30pm. 50p admission on weekday afternoons and Saturdays. Recording Mackintosh Until further notice. Photographs by T. & R. Annan 8: Sorts who recorded the architecture and interiors of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

I IMAGES GALLERY 74 llyndland Road. 334 5311. Mon—Fri9.30am—5.30pm. Sat 9.30am—5pm.

Summer Exhibition Until 30 Sept. (‘ontemporary and 19th century landscapes by Ian Fleming. A.(}. Munro. Macaulcy-Stevenson and Pete llowson

are on show alongside the gallery‘s range ofJapancse woodblock prints.

I THE INN ON THE GREEN RESTAURANT 23 Greenside Street. 554 0165. Mon—Fri 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm—1 1pm; Sat 6.30pm—l 1pm.

George BITTBII Until 26 Nov. 'I‘ownscapes and landscapes to enjoy while you dine. organised by Art llire Scotland.

I INTERDEC GALLERY Maryhill Burgh Hall. 24 Gairbraid Ave, 946 5912.

Anne Devine: The Spirit oi India Until 23 Sept. Drawings and lithographs inspired by her trips to the East are presented by this much exhibited artist.

Alghan Collection 30 Sept—21 Oct. Traditional kilims. carpets and rugs. collected in the East by Guri le Riche.

I JOHN GREEN FINE ART 203 Bath Street. 2216025. Mon—Fri l0am—5pm: Sat 10am—lpm.

19th 8: 20th century British and Continental oils and watercolours.

I KELLY GALLERY 1 18 Douglas Street. 248 6386. Mon—Sat 10.30am—2pm. 2.30pm—5.30pm.

Conrad T. McKenna and Others 16- 30 Sept. Recent paintings. mainly watcrcolours. as well as sortie earlier works that Mr McKenna has borrowed back specifically for the exhibition.

I LANGSIDE GALLERY 26—28 Battlefield

Road. 649 8888. Mon—Sat 9am—5.30pm. Drawings and Paintings by Stephen Conroy and Alison Wait Until 30 Sept. Work completed by the pair while still students goes on show alongside that ofother ex-Glasgow students. Ms Watt recently created a furore with her portrait ofthe Queen Mum whom she insisted on painting ‘without a stupid hat on her head.‘ Shocker!

I LILLIE ART GALLERY Station Road. Milngavic. 956 2351. Tue—Fri 11am-5pm and 7pm—9pm; Sat and Sun 2pm—5pm.

i (‘losed Mondays.

New British Embroidery t'ntil 1 Oct. The work of recent graduates from the Art Schools in Britain that have an limbroidery Department.

I MAIN FINE ART Michael Main gallery

I and The Studiogallery. l6 and 34(iibson

Street. Both galleries on 334 8858 and open Mon—Sat lilam—6pm.

Scottish Contemporary Paintings Until 30 Sept. Paintings front the gallery's stock. mainly new paintings by l. Lesley Main. I MARYHILL ARTS CENTRE llMalloch Street. 945 3995. Mon-Thurs 2—9pm.

No exhibitions at the gallery until next month.

I 908 GALLERY 12 Otago Street. Kelvinbridge. 339 3158. Mon—Sat 10am-—6pm.

Isabel Beresiord: New Paintings L'nti127 Sept. Delicatelyexecutedoiland watercolour landscapes and townscapes front this Glasgow artist. who has 30years of experience.

I ONE Princes Square. 226 3032. Mon~Sat 10am—7pm: Sun 11.30am«5pm.

Gillian Kelly: Recent Work Until 4 ()ct. Abstract paintings. heavily influenced by the artist‘s trips to Africa.

I PROVAND'S LORDSHIP Castle Street. 552 8819. Mon—Sat l0am—5pm.Sun 2pm—5pm.

A display of photographs recording life in Townhead.

I SCOTTISH AMICABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY 150 St Vincent Street. 248 2323. Mon—Hi 9am—5pm.

Beverley Black Until 15 Sept. Watercolour Iandscapesof Scotland.

E. Poole-Watts and Gwen Hyndman 18-29 Sept. landscapes and still lifes from two (ilas‘gow artists.

I SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street. 557 1405. Mon-Fri 10.30am—5pm. Sat l0am—4.30pm. Sun 2pm~5pm.

Springburn and Stuii Until 13 ()ct. Local Painter .Ioseph Davie was commissioned by the museum to record the changing face ofSpringburn. Ilis large. atmospheric paintings are on display alongside a collection of sculptures by the membersof the lilmvale Adult Training Centre. Woodcuts oi Springburn 13 ()ct— 13 .‘s’ov. The local area in the 50s and 60s as recorded in the woodcuts ofJames Greer. who came to the museum's notice due toa chance remark that his son made whilst he was framing the previous exhibition by Joseph Davie.

I THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521 . Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Sun 2—5.30pm.

S.l. Witkiewicz: Photographs Until 7 Oct. The first exhibition outside his native country is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of this bizarre Pole. whose exploits include playwriting, painting. dabbling in hallucinogenic drugs and demonology as well as his photography. The photographs exhibited here range from his early landscapes ofthe Tatra Mountains to his later staged scenarios in the 1920s and 30s.

Through Photography Until 7 Oct. A quintet of artists working in Scotland who all use photography in art experimental manner. The photographers featured are ()ladcle Bamgboye. Lorna Bates. Matthew Dal/.iel. Brian Jenkinsand Vaughan Judge.

Loophole Cinema 22 ‘23 Sept. 7.30pm. I-‘ifteen separate projectors are used to surround the viewers with images. trying to create a ‘theatre ofcinema'.