GROUP SHOW Visions For The Future
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 7 Oct—Sat l8 Nov.
In 1998, The Fruitmarket Gallery launched its three-year project to commission new work by artists living in Scotland. After the initial selection process and studio visits, it chose and commissioned twelve artists to create new work for the r. gallery. Following on from the 5;. successes of Ross Sinclair, Martin
Boyce, Graeme Todd and Anne
Bevan, artists Annette Heyer and
Steve Hollingsworth are next up.
For German-born artist Annette Heyer, this is her first major exhibition in Edinburgh. Casting a series of geometrical, sculptural forms, Heyer transforms the exhibition space. Shaped in simple cardboard moulds, the sculptures are a fusion of fine plaster and optical brighteners, which combine to give the works an archaic appearance. Inspired by the architectural attributes of amphitheatres, staircases, the stepped tower of a ziggurat or the domed structure of a beehive, the works protrude from the gallery walls and corners.
’When I come into a space I try to find a point where something could exist,’ says Heyer. 'But then it becomes very much part of the structure, almost as if it has always been there and it just so happens that I’ve just scraped the surface away and revealed it. I think that’s why they look more like something that has been excavated.’
The distinctive work Heyer is currently producing is a real dichotomy: the sculpture both invades the space and becomes at one with its surroundings. There’s also a sense that the forms are permeating through the walls.
Palin puts the Scots back into the public arena
Zerberus by Annette Heyer ’I enjoy making things and I spend a lot of time looking at the structure,’ she says. 'l’m much more into images and engaging with the space rather than myself or my own thoughts.’
Equally distinctive is Steve Hollingsworth's use of neon. Conjuring up images of seedy Soho sex shop signs, Hollingsworth combines the media with commonplace domestic objects, like a chair, to create visually stunning sculptures. Along with his neon pieces, Hollingsworth is showing three video works, signalling a new departure for the artist. Resulting from his recent one-year residency at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan, the video pieces continue his investigations with neon.
Both artists admit that they don’t feel part of the current ’art scene' but with projects such as Visions For The Future around, it allows them to get the exposure they deserve. (Helen Monaghan)
Col0urists, Palm builds up a picture of rheir lives and work as he follows in their artistic footsteps to the South of France, Paris, Iona, Edinburgh and Glasgow. All four artists were greatly influenced by France and exposure to Post-Impressionism, the early Fauve works of Matisse not only shaped their style, but saturated their paintings with trernendOus colour Throughout the programme, over 100 paintings are examined by the camera, and wrth the help of family and friends, we discover a little more about each mdrvrdual cll'lISl
They're all great characters and absolutely committed to painting,' says Palin, 'What I like about them is the
The Bright Side Of Life BBCZ, starts Sun 8 Oct, 7.30pm. Monty Python may ha.’e ur‘gerl us to look or‘. the br‘igl‘t side of lr‘e, but tr‘e Stottish Colounsts ‘.'.rer'e doing Just that at the turn. of the last (entur‘y Often o‘.«'er|()oked by art ll stor'iar‘is, the foar‘ artists lol‘n Duman lit'l’tjllSSOll, Frar‘rs Campbell Boileau (adelf, George Leslie I-lunter‘ and Sarrure! John Peo'oe (hr'istenerl the '( olotir'rsts' due to titer u'nisriarrieoly bolrl use of
pure (olour, are the subjert of this BBC Sr otla'id (l()( umentary
Putting the Stots rightfully back into the I)Ill)l|( arena is one of TV's greatest adventurers, l.li(hael Palin. 'Part of the reason for doing 'he programme was to learn more about a br'ari(h of Stottish artists that I didn't know a great (lea: about,’ he says Here was a group of painters who (oulo‘ riiake you so exrited about their work as they took s.i( l‘ delight in colour"
Starting off at IO D()‘.'.'IIIII(] Street, home to a number of ‘.'.r'or‘ks by the
pure jOy that comes off their work, that kind of "happy to be alive” feelrng.’
Although their works now fetch six figure sums at auction, only this year saw the first major exhibition of their work in London since the group collapsed in the I930s. But With The Bright Side Of Life hitting Our TV screens, we've not heard the last of the Scottish Colomrsts. (Helen Monaghan) .1: The Scottish Colourrsts 7900-7930 exhibition opens at the Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 4 Nov.
News and views from the world of art
THE WINNERS OF this year’s Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Visual Arts were announced last week. Given on the strength of talent, promise and need, as well as achievement, Philippe Bradshaw, Hew Lock, Hilary Lloyd, Paul Noble and Glasgow-born artist Jim Lambie each received £30,000. Renowned for his psychedelic floor pieces, Lambie featured in this year’s British Art Show along with Lloyd and Noble.
IT’S ALMOST EXPECTED that when you first graduate y0u'll end up working behind a bar. But for 21-year-old Graham Grant, opportunity has knocked Graduating wrth honours in History of Art and English Literature from Edinburgh University, Grant has been appornted aSSistant director of the Edinburgh Gallery. With a role of promoting both up-and-coming and established artists, Grant's curatorial debut is an exhibition of new work by recent art school graduates, housed in the gallery’s newest space, Art Edinburgh.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO Glasgow’s
Fly Gallery, we ask ourselves? Well, look no further than Market on Duke Street in Dennistoun. Building on Fly's previous achievements and based at the same location, the artist-run contemporary project has changed its name and undergone nine months of redirection. Now a registered charity, Market aims to support and foster innovative works from emerging, established, local and international artists. For their first project, the gallery is exhibiting works by Portuguese artists as part of the city- wide festival, Plano XXI.
VISITING ARTS HAS published a new arts directory covering Taiwan, Vietnam and Quebec. It's deemed an essential guide for anyone planning international arts actiVities or tours, making cultural contacts, building cultural exchanges or simply for those seeking a comprehenswe overView of the c0untry or region’s art scene Other directories set to follow include Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Palestine. For further information ab0ut the publications contact Visiting Arts Publications, tel' 020 7389 3061, fax: 020 7389 3016, email publication@vrsitingarts demoncouk
Paul Hamlyn award-winner Jim Lambie's Zobo
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