Sculptor Bill Scott’s new show is about to open at Talbot Rice Gallery. As well as holding the post of llead‘of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, he has also amassed an impressive collection of bold abstract pieces in wood. Here, he talks about his new work.
Hollowed Units (1994)
‘Initially I was drawn to wood because I wanted to work on a large scale and I needed a material which I could get access to. Once I got used to the certain processes involved in making sculptures of wood, I found I was intrigued by it. But I’m not all that precious about wood and I’m not a wood craftsman, I don’t really like the Ideas being because of the material «- the ideas are much more interesting to me than that - they’re much more to do with experiencing reality or space and form.
‘My work used to be more figurative but I think there’s still a lot of figurative imagery still there. It’s just not so representational in the sense of being anatomical or a portrait or anything like that. There is quite a lot of figurative imagery involved and all of it is to do with figures and objects and forms being used by humans. So it is figurative in that sense.
‘There are a few functional objects in the show; a table, a couple of sculptural stools, so the question of how you relate to the idea of a stool or a table ls asked. Also there are also other things like machines or technological bits of equipment or Industrial objects which we live amongst each day and sometimes require people to make them function.
‘Totemic? I think my work in wood gradually developed this way over the last few years. Practical decisions had to be made just In the processing and It takes you along a certain way. Sculpture is sensory but there are quite a lot of things which feed off each other and the exhibition is really about how one form effects another. So although the works are individual, they do relate.
‘The pieces are meant to set up the sense of the possibility of something happening, not a specific event but the viewer Is asked to participate to a degree. It’s a very wide range of work; a curious collection really. Nowadays many exhibitions follow one particular line. In my exhibition I’ve gone for a different thing and tried to incorporate a whole range of possible experiences. So there Isn’t one influence, it’s a very disparate show.’ (Beatrice Colin)
Constructs from Common Sense is at Talbot Illce Gallery from Fri 2-30 Jul.
Exhibitions are listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before publication. Art and Exhibition listings compiled by Beatrice Colin.
I ART EXPOSURE GALLERY 38 Bath Street. 331 2617. Mon—Sat 10.30am—6pm. Jazz Festival Exhibition Sat 2—15 Jul. Jeff McDonald‘s bright. vibrant portraits of jazz bands and musicians plus work on the same theme by a couple of other local artists.
I ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, KELVINGROVE 357 3929. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. Cafe. [D]. Voluntary guides are available free of charge to conduct parties or individuals round the main galleries. Ask at the enquiry desk.
Canvassing the Clyde: Stanley Spencer and the Shipyards Until 7 Aug. Another showing of Spencer’s large oils which he produced during World War 11. As well as the Gallery‘s collection. a number have been lent by the Imperial War Museum. Modern Art from the Collection New permanent display. David Hockney. Bridget Riley. Alan Davie. Jasper Johns. Bruce McLean and Eduardo Paolozzi are featured in an exhibition of Pop Art and work inspired by the heady 60s.
I BURNSIOE GALLERY 190 Dukes Road. 613 3663. Daily 10am—5pm (closed Tue and Sat).
Summer Exhibition Until 16 Jul. Mixed show with work from artists including R. Kelsey. A. Edgar. J.D. Henderson and E. Hunter.
Summer Exhibition Until 31 Jul. Work by over twenty artists such as Victoria Cassidy and Lorna Cunningham.
I BURRELL COLLECTION Pollokshaws Road. 649 7151. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. Cafe. [D].
The collection of Edwardian tycoon William Burrell. including furniture. paintings. ceramics and glass. housed in an elegant. purpose-built gallery. Recorded descriptions and therrnoforms available for the benefit of visually impaired visitors.
New Perspectives: The Italian Bennaissance Fri 1 Jul—25 Sept. A fresh look at the 15th century's cultural explosion in Italy with paintings. glassware. ceramics. armour. illustrated books, textiles and musical instruments. I CCA 346—354 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. Tue—Sat Ham—5.30pm. Cafe. [D]. Boyd Webb Until 16 Jul. Huge. colourful cibachromes which employ everyday objects such as nails. balloons. and mattresses to create surreal photographic tableaux that question human behaviour and sexual politics.
I COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 552 4400 ext 2682. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat noon—4pm. [1)].
Felt Directions Sat 9 Jul—13 Aug. Pliable. colourful and usually employed in toymaking. felt has also been used as a medium by artists and craftsmen for decades. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the International I-‘eltmakers Association. this show brings together a selection of work from all over the world. frotn huge sculptures to small accessories.
I Happy Birthday Collins Gallery Until Sat 2 Jul. Celebrating 21 years. the gallery will be showing selected paintings and prints from the University‘s Fine Art Collection. New work from various Scottish artists will also be on show plus
George Cowie's photograph, Fitting Gas-ma
sks at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
work from various exhibitions held.
I COMPASS GALLERY 178 West Regent Street. 221 6370. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. New Generation Sat 9 Jul—31 Aug. The gallery's pick of the four Scottish degree shows.
Mixed Show Until Fri 1 Jul. New work by gallery artists including James Tweedie. Neil MacPherson and Peter Nardini.
I CRANHILL ARTS CENTRE 18 King Street. 552 2540. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm (closed Wed); Sun 1—5pm.
Glaswegian Ceramics Until 31 Jul. Cranhill Arts has re-created a huge wally close as a backdrop for an exhibition of screen-printed and hand-built picture tiles. terracotta sculptures. wall plaques and thrown pots all made by locally-based arts organisations.
I THE GALLERY Easterhouse Shopping Centre. Shandwick Square. 771 5591. Daily 9.30am—5pm.
The Greater Easterhouse Women Achievers Exhibition Until Fri 8 Jul. A show highlighting the achievements of women such as Terri Neason. Katie Murphy and Sharon McCormack. staged by eight local women who have recently completed a training course in various creative skills.
I CYRIL GERBER FINE ART 148 West Regent Street. 221 3095. Mon-Sat
Mixed Exhibition Until 31 Jul. Works from stock.
I GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO 22 King Street. 552 0704. Mon—Sat l()am—5.30pm. Prints from Berlin Sal 2—23 Jul. The most exciting contemporary printmaking from the Druckwerkstatt in Berlin.
I GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART 167 Renfrew Street. 353 4500. Mon—l‘ri 10am—5prn. Degree Show Until Fri 1 Jul. This year‘s
I HUNTEBIAII ART GALLERY University of 1 Glasgow. 82 Hillhead Street. 339 8855 ext 5431. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm; Sat 9.30am—5pm.
C.ll. Mackintosh The Chelsea Years: 1915-1923 Sat 2 Jul—27 Aug. A look at the artist's later work carried out in London. including a series of mostly unrealised architectural projects. textile and graphic design work which reveal the direction his ideas were taking.
I NUNTERIAN MUSEUM Glasgow University. University Avenue. 339 8855. Mon—Sat 9.30arn-5pm.
The bequest of William Hunter. a student ofGlasgow University in the 1730s. who left his substantial collection of books. prints. and various other curiosities to the university.
I LILLIE ART GALLERY Station Road. Milngavie. 943 3247. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat—Sun 2—5pm.
Kromer llats Sat 2—23 Jul. Sculpture and drawings by Sue Jane Taylor created during a residence at the UIE shipyard in Clydebank.
0n the Rigs Fri 1—16 Jul. Photographs by Allan Wright of life offshore plus poems by George Gunn.
I MCLELLAN GALLERIES 270 Sauchielhall Street. 331 1854. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. [D]. £1.50 (50p). Salgado Photographs 1977-1992 Until 16 Sept. A member of the Magnum Group. Salgado is one of the world‘s leading photo-journalists. Here. four groups of photographs are displayed including Other Americas of the native Indian population in Latin America; images of victims of the Khmer Rouge which were used to launch the Cambodia Trust. and his most recent work of manual workers around the world.
Shannanka Russian Street Organ Theatre Until 25 Sept. Mon -13ri 11.30am. 12.45pm. 2.30pm and 4pm; Sat and Sun 1pm and 2.30pm. £3 (£1.501L'2 (£1 fora group of five or more). Extended due to public demand. Eduard Beursudsky‘s machine sculpture puppets. a street barrel organ. and various Tinguely-style installations plot Russia's turbulent history with wit and imagination.
I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Kelvin Hall.
Dumbarton Road. 357 3929. Mon—Sat
10am-5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. Devoted to the history of transport. a museum crammed with buses. trams. fire-engines. ships and other transportation.
Bicycles! A new, permanent exhibition of the museum's historic bike collection with the world’s oldest bicycle. great bike facts and displays of cycle design and cycle science.
I PEOPLE’S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green. 554 0223. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm;
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