DAVID BURROWS: NEW LIFE Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Until Sat 7 Aug

Is this art, or just an explosion in the window of a branch of Office? From outside on Cockburn Street, this touring installation inspires a sort of magpie curiosity, the brightly-coloured plethora of fixings and hangings initially conjuring images of a well-dressed shop window beckoning easily transfixed consumers in.

Up close, though, it’s an entirely different beast. Spread over both main rooms of the Collective, Burrows’ expansive work is as precarious as a bombsite, yet as alluring as a colourful new toy for a child. The mounds of glitter-ridden black sand all over the floor make traversing it tricky, but there’s something about the hangars of foam-cut rags, smoothly chopped flip-flops embedded in the sand and plentiful mirrors reflecting this vivid tableau that makes the inner shopper in all of us want to

explore further.

It’s this instinct to vacantly consume that the piece cleverly exploits, and the first-glance ambiguity of it leads brilliantly into much darker areas. Each shred of Burberry-style foam, each shattered mirror and even the weird foam flora

growing from the ‘ruins’ has been painstakingly made and placed like the most attractive

window dressing. On the wall, computer- generated models beam down with the arch- eyebrowed confidence of the self-obsessed, seemingly unaware of the glass skewering their

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SANDY SHARP: ANOTHER WORLD Street Level, Glasgow, Until Sat 14 Aug 0..

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flesh. On a mirror lies the crudely-daubed slogan ‘Latte in my blood’. Admiration of the pretty objects on display and nausea at Burrows’ gust-of-fresh-air hatred of


Installation shot of Burrow’s New Life

consumerist culture go hand in hand, and it’s a microcosm of the high street food chain as one which can only be broken by force of will. (David Pollock)


by James Holloway

lne frr'st trn‘e I saw 1'. was an a rather grey illustration about a hook on Alexander N;t\.:;rr‘\,tl‘ arm I thought rt looked an interesting parntrng. And then I saw the real thing and I thought :t's tantaslrr:ally good: it's thrrllrngll, good. The prrdge spans the l.'.'ee:r and 'rnks the S(I()ttlf$tl hank to the English hank rthat's why It‘s -::a:led the Uri-on Br'xlger and n‘ust ha\e been an rneredrhle engineering teat. It ‘.'.'as. | tlll'lk, '.".(:- longest suspension hr'rdge for :ts trrne. It's rather like no‘.'.’ada\ s a pazntsrrg ot the n‘ost n‘odern rr‘onun‘ent you (:ould poss:l>l\, tlét‘.(? 4- like the (3trggenheu‘ in lelmo. and so It's a (:lassrt: landseape parntrng hut wrth this phenomenal t'eat of modern engineering. l‘l'lere's thrs nree sort of tension hetween the t'.'.'o.

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Union Chain Bridge over the River Tweed, 1819

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