NEW PLAZA - MOLECULES IN MOTION Tramway, Arches and Lighthouse, Glasgow, until Sat 16 Mar
‘I don’t think I would have become an artist if I hadn’t started skateboarding,’ says Glasgow-based artist Toby Paterson. ‘It gave me a slightly different approach to cities, in that it becomes a necessity to be aware of your surroundings. I started learning about architecture by crashing into it.’
Paterson’s latest project, New Plaza, is being presented at the Arches on the 2 and 3 March as part of New Territories’ Molecules In Motion season. The programme showcases works by artists, architects, dancers, filmmakers and skateboarders which offer a response to the alienating effects of inner city architecture.
‘I am looking at New Plaza as a means to design an idealised public space,’ explains Paterson. ‘There will be a series of sculptural obstacles based on architectural details such as kerb cuts or handicapped ramps that skaters utilise in real streets. Put together, the obstacles add up to a replication of an ideal street environment for skaters.’
Top Scots skaters including Colin Kennedy and the artist himself will be on hand to flip a few tricks at the free event. After the exhibition, many of the pieces will be assigned to various community skate groups city-wide. ‘Sometimes skateboarding gets co-opted as a means of making events seem more interesting, so in this instance we were keen to contribute something useful to the skateboarding community,’ Paterson says.
His current concerns stem in part from an art school exchange to Chicago in 1993, where he skated through what he describes as ‘these amazing but very austere Mies van der Rohe plazas, which are public spaces where no alternative use is tolerated. It was hard to understand what they were for, apart from a display of corporate wealth and power. It’s like: look how much prime empty real estate we can afford to have empty as a stylistic statement.’
He admits to being simultaneously attracted and repelled by the modernist architecture which informs his sculptures and paintings. However, Paterson’s initial ‘crash into
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Britain. Uszng Henderson's original photographic negatives. the reconstruction brings to life the
Top skater Colin Kennedy will be flipping a few tricks at New Plaza
architecture’ has since resulted in his recent nomination for Becks Futures 2002, in addition to solo projects in Warsaw and Turin later in the year.
Meanwhile, over at the Lighthouse, a programme of talks, artist interventions and exhibits entitled Intersection will take place on Saturday 9 March. Oren Lieberman from the University of Strathclyde and Dr Jane Rendell, cultural theorist from University College London, will be joined by Toby Paterson, and artists Sarah Johnston and Garry Robson.
Screenings of films relating to the theme of urban intervention strategies will continue until Saturday 16 March, and include the highly acclaimed Driftwood by Nick Relph and Oliver Payne, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. Glasgow- based artists and filmmakers are also well represented in the selection with Roddy Buchanan’s Out, Local by Benji Bateman and 601 Bike Wheel by Steve Hollingsworth. (Sarah Lowndes)
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of chi:dhood. In one single shot. oi‘e girl skips. another teeters on i‘olierskates \.'.ihile yet another child plays hopscotcn. Boys on bicycles perform stunts to impress their friends. Five childrei‘ fully :mmemed in solitan. play are photographed from an aerial \. Takng docuinmtai'y pnotograpl‘s is what Henderson (lid best. Tl‘eu, perfect capture the spirit of that time. and t teretore deserye a ::ttle more exn'hit'on space illiif‘ has been allocated. More please. iHeien Monaghan
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TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ADAPT Now (Access for Disabled people to Arts Premises Today), a group exhibition and sale of work by contemporary artists is being held at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Here you can pick up a work by some of the biggest names in British contemporary art including Craigie Aitchison, John Bellany, Keith Coventry, Ken Currie, Charlie Nicholson (pictured), Peter Howson, David Mach, Bridget Riley and many more. The works, some of which are priced under £1000, can be paid in instalments and provides the perfect opportunity to own a piece of art and help a worthy cause. The exhibition continues until Sunday 10 March.
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