In our regular co/umn, a team of mystery artists give their thoughts on the current art scene.
Words: Artbug D
Last month two unique public art projects were launched in Glasgow. The first was a major commission by a leading Scottish artist in the grounds of Glasgow University. The second was the publication of an artist‘s book documenting a temporary project in the city centre. What both demonstrated is the need for more innovative projects delivered by cutting-edge artists.
Within one of the university's main green spaces. Christine Borland has created To be Set and Sown in the Garden. a design based on the discovery of a planting list for a 16th century physic garden. The final design consists of a series of low. wooden benches. slick and minimal in their construction, which are laid out like beds in a medieval arbour. Each bench has a white ceramic headrest. based on the blocks used in dissection theatres. which are hand-made and engraved with original plant illustrations from the proposed herbal list. Borland has taken the university's history and diverse practices as a starting point from which she has created a unique visual response that succeeds in both aesthetic and functional terms.
In contrast. there was the launch of a publication documenting the October project that happened on St Vincent Street in 2001. Throughout the month, 31 artists were given the opportunity to create work for one day only through an artist- initiated project. The results are an interesting and diverse response which raise questions on the permanence surrounding public art commissions.
What both projects highlight is the need for more risks in the commissioning and execution of public art. So next time you are driving along the M8 and you encounter a large meshed horse. just think what it would have looked like if Damien Hirst had got his hands on it.
78 THE LIST 28 Nov—12 Dec 2002
Exhibitions are listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to email@example.com, by post or by tax on 0131 557 8500. Listings are compiled by Helen Monaghan.
164 Woodlands Road. 332 0028. Mon Fri 10am—5pm: Sat 10am—4pm. Also open till 9pm on Mon 2 Dec.
Winter Collection L'ntil Sat 30 Nov—Mon 23 Dec. Original paintings by regular gallery artists.
253 Argyle Street. 090I 0220300. Marcelo de Melo - All Those Fiddly Bits L'ntil Sat 30 Nov. A tnodern approach to mosaics with portraits. sculptures and canvases from Brazilian artist Marcelo de Melo. as seen on Graham Norton. I’ur! (ti-(ilusgrtyz' Kathleen Little Wed 11 Dec -Mon to Feb. Digital floral works by Kathleen Little. NEW SHOW.
ART EXPOSURE GALLERY
l9 Parnie Street. 552 7779. Mon—Sat noon-Spur
Inspiration tintil Fri 29 Nov. What inspires artists to paint'.’ This exhibition of works complete with explanations attempts to answer the question. Peter Nardini. Bryan Iivans. Moira Keltnan and selected new artists to the gallery feature in the line-up.
The 14th Annual Christmas Show Fri 29 Nov-Fri 17 Jan. A festive selection of work by new and regular artists. plus the under £100 wall. sculpture. ceratnics and paintings. NEW SHOW.
THE ART HOUSE HOTEL
129 Bath Street. 07763 222323. For more information email suiteat'ts(a yahoo.co.uk. Suite Art A series of ongoing weekly exhibitions each showing the work of a different student currently attending (ilasgow School of Art. with an opening every Fri from 5pm. Kate Jo. Kate Robertson. Barbara Wilson and John O'Connell show work until 28 Nov. followed by Vanessa Wenwieser. Elizabeth Meyer. Christina Reenberg Jensen and Mette Pederson (29 Nov—5 Dec).
185a Bath Street. 222 2830. Tue-Sat l()am—5.30pm.
Christmas Show t'ntil Fri 31 Jan. A mixed show of paintings. glass. jewellery and sculpture by over 30 artists including Cherylene Dyer. Alan King and Anda Paterson.
ROGER BILLCLIFFE FINE ART I34 Blythswood Street. 332 4027. Mon—Fri 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat 10am-1pm. A Winter’s Tale Fri 29 Nov-Sat 21 Dec. A collection of postcards and small paintings by various artists. NEW SHOW. The Christmas Collection Fri 2‘) Nov—Sat 21 Dec. Jewellery. ceramics. glass. textiles atid metalwork by leading British and Iiuropean makers.
Robust Individuals Fri 29 Nov—Sat 2| Dec. Satirical papier-mache figures by Mhairi Corr.
THE BLYTHSWOOD GALLERY Suite 542 (5th floor). Baltic Chambers. 50 Wellington Street. 248 1991. Mon- Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-1pm.
The Christmas Exhibition tintil Sat 21 Dec. A Christmas collection of paintings by contemporary. 19th and 20111 century artists including lilizabeth Blackadder. DY Cameron. Jack Knox. Philip Reeves. Barbara Rae and many
CAFE COSSACHOK GALLERY
10 King Street. 553 0733. Tue-Sun
l 1.30am I lptn.
Kaleidoscope t.'ntiI Tue 31 Dec. Annual Christmas exhibition featuring works by artists from around the world including photography. ceramics. paintings and hand-made Rtissian art and crafts.
350 Sauchiehall Street. 352 4900. Sun-Wed 1 lam~~bpm; Thu Sat
1 lam Spin.
0 Belinda Guidi Sat 30 Nov—Sun 12 Jan (CCA I). New work by Belinda Ciuidi featuring a kinetic sculpture inspired by Jean-Luc Goddard's film :I/p/ml‘llh’ and a computer-generated animation taken from the title sequence of Hitchcock's classic. Vertigo. NEW SHOW.
0 A Hundred Flowers, a Hundred Birds, a Hundred Children, in Late Spring and Early Summer Sat 30 Nov—Sun 12 Jan (CCA 2 8; 3). CCA commissioned work by Glasgow-based artists Lucy Skaer and Hanneline Visnes featuring large-scale colour drawings by Skaer and drawings and paintings on a smaller scale by Hanneline Visnes. The exhibition is a response to the ideas presented by the Peace Palace in Den Ilaag in Ilolland conceived around the turn of the century by Tsar Nicolai. NEW SHOW.
6 104 Pairs of Shoes Sat 30 Nov-Fri (i Dec. Organised by the YWCA Scotland. this poignant exhibition highlights the issues of domestic abuse and violence against women featuring 104 pairs of shoes which have been donated by prominent women in Scotland. representing the number of woman killed in a year. NEW SHOW.
0 Nocturnal Activities Exhibition Thu l2—Sun 22 Dec. t'rban Art ()fIiciaI present an exhibition of graffiti. photography and graphic design featuring work by Matt Matt and Alex Fakso.
36 West (ieot‘ge Street. 332 5551.
Mon Sat 10am 5.30pm; Sun noon—5pm. Iain Carby t'ntil Sun 15 Dee. New oil paintings.
L'niversity of Strathclyde 22 Richmond Street. 548 2558. Mon- Fri 10am~5pmz Sat noon-4pm.
Collins’ Christmas Show Sat 30 Nov—Mon 23 Dec. A wide range of selected craftwork. prints and paintings by over 80 selected British artists. NEW SHOW. Narwhal: Eskimo to Inuit Sat 30 NoveMon 23 Dec. A selling exhibition of prints and sculpture by Inuit artists. organised by the Narwhal Inuit Art Iiducation Foundation. NEW SHOW.
I78 West Regent Street. 221 (i370. Mon-Sat 10am 5.30pm.
The Christmas Collection t'ntil Fri 31 Jan. A festive selection of paintings. drawings. ceramics. sculpture and
jewellery by contemporary artists across
35a Dalhousie Street. 332 3738. Mon Sat noon—5.30pm.
Fireworks Studio Christmas Show Sat 7' Tue 17 Dec. Modern crafts by local makers including ceramics. textiles and jewellery.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART
Queen Street. 229 1996. Mon Thu & Sat 10am-5pm; Friv-Sun I lam 5pm. RelPlace) t'ntil Sun 5 Jan. Specially commissioned work by Susie Johnston and Rachel Mimiec which responds to the histories of the gallery building. Johnston explores the connections with the gallery's Royal lixchange site to (ilasgow‘s commercial and industrial history while Mimiec concentrates on the building in its original guise as a town house.
The Great Book of Gaelic t'ntil Sun 9 Mar. Contemporary Celtic culture is celebrated in this exhibition about The (ireat Book. a 2 I st century Book of Kells which brings together the work of more than 200 visual artists. poets and calligraphers from Scotland and Ireland. Featured artists include John Byrne. Will Macl.ean. CaIum (‘olvin and Steven Campbell and the exhibition at (i()MA is the start of a major tour of the artwork before it is finally bound together into one complete book.
Nu lintil Sun to Feb. Colour portraits and video work from NuArts. a collaboration between photographer Jim Poyner and video Iiltnmaker (iraham Maclver. who worked with the young people who congregate outside the gallery — the goth. rock. hip hop and skate fans — giving them a chance to give over their viewpoint.
Rouken (ilen Road. (320 0235. Mon. Thu. Fri 8; Sun 1.30—5.30pm; Sat
1 1.30am-- 5.30pm.
Christmas Exhibition L'ntil Tue 24 Dec. A mixed show of work by invited gallery artists including paintings. ceramics. sculpture and jewellery. Featured artists include Jennifer Anderson. Shona Barr. lid Hunter. Lin Pattullo and Gordon Wyllie.
CYRIL GERBER FINE ART
148 West Regent Street. 221 3095. Mon—Sat 9.30am—5.30pm.
The Winter Collection tfntil Fri 31 Jan. A winter selection of paintings including works by the Glasgow Boys. the Scottish Colourists. Houston. Blackadder. Iiardley. Redpath. Cowie and many more.
GLASGOW FILM THEATRE
I2 Rose Street. 332 8l28.
Hugh Walker tintil Sat 30 Nov. Recent photography by Hugh Walker.
GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO
22 8; 25 King Street. 552 0704. Tue-Sat I()am~5.30pm.
Adrian Wiszniewski: Dream On t'ntil Tue 24 Dec. New paintings exploring themes of life and death by Adrian Wis/.niewski.
Christmas Print & Craft Show Fri 29 Nov—Tue 24 Dec. (ilasgow Print Studio artists show a multitude of small prints for Christmas at a wide range of prices. NEW SHOW.
THE GLASGOW PROJECT ROOM Top floor. ()4 ()sborne Street. 552 I472. Tue—Sat noon—5pm.
Uncle Chop Chop Sat 30 Nov. A mixed show of works for sale by various artists including Dan Wilson. Rupert Clamp. John Russell. Clara I'rsitti. Kirsty Whiten. Mick Peter. Beagles and Ramsay and Dave Beech.
GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
167 Renfrew Street. 353 4500. Mon—Thu I()am-—7pm; Fri mam—4.45pm; Sat
Design from 1860 L'ntil Thu 28 Nov. Sun 2—5pm: Mon—Wed 10am—4pm: Thu 10am (Mackintosh Gallery). Bonhams annual decorative sale of furniture. ceramics. tnetalware. objets d'art. bronzes. pictures and glass by Scottish and international designers from 1860-1945. Artists include Charles Rennie Mackintosh. IiA Taylor. (ieorge Walton. Talwin Morris. Herbert Macnair and John Iidne.
First Year Design Students Drawing Exhibition t'ntil Thu I2 Dec (Atrium (iallery). Students from Iirst year design show their drawings. Friends of Glasgow School of Art: The Collection t'ntil I'Tl 29 Nov (Podium Gallery). A display of works from the Friends of (iSA collection which has been built up over the past 12 years. including works by Jenny Saville. Denise Findlay. Diana Leslie and Michael Nagle.