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Grennan & Sperandio, a transatlantic duo based in New York and Manchester, are best known for their comic books. These graphically arresting combinations of drawing and digitally manipulated photographs are used to break down the traditional barriers between the public at large and gallery-based art. The comics reconfigure the supposedly mundane lives of nursery nurses, cleaners and the like, presenting them as everyday superheroes. This retrospective in effect documents these various public art projects - most of the comic books are distributed free of charge to participants adding a further layer of comment on restrictive, elitist gallery


The pair’s need for inclusive, wide-ranging distribution of their works has led them into creating digital animations, retaining their day-glo comic book style, for broadcast on television and via the internet. Their latest foray into moving images, Glasgow 16/25, has been commissioned by GOMA and explores the lives of Glaswegians aged between 16 and 25, weaving together eight short narratives ranging in subject matter from nights out clubbing to romantic sunsets over the city’s skyline.

On the evidence of the Glasgow project, and a similar work in Preston, Grennan and Sperandio have some way to go before they can successfully appropriate their new mass media form, and it’s the perfect re-workings of the comic book format that are the main draw here. (Jack Mottram)

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Stills, Edinburgh, until Sat 28 Apr 0.

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