Friday, 31 May 2013

Animation workshops at Yorkhill hospital

I have now started leading a series of animation workshops with young people at Yorkhill hospital in Glasgow.

The hospital has a room called zone 12, where young people can go and spend time with other older patients and do fun things. It is run a bit like a youth club, with a range of activities on offer, and there is a supply of DVDs, games and books that the youths can borrow.

I have been brought in to show the children how to create their own animation, and we were  given the task of producing animations addressing the issue of recycling.

The first session went really well and the kids had a great time. It is pleasing to know that spending an hour with them can cheer them up no end.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Ciara Phillips - AND MORE at Inverleith House

In the grounds of the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Inverleith House is a grand Eighteenth Century mansion which presents a continuous programme of temporary exhibitions by invited artists.

The current exhibition, AND MORE, is by fellow South Block studioholder and Glasgow School of Art colleague, Ciara Phillips.

Phillips has made work in response to the Garden's unique collection of nature printed books.

I enjoy the experimental nature of the screenprints, allowing for chance to create unexpected results. 

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Rite of Spring - more photos

I went back to the Underground car park to view the Rite of Spring exhibition before destall on Monday. The preview night was very busy, and so it was good to revisit the exhibition and get a proper look at the work.

When I was installing my sculptures, I tried to find places where relationships could be formed with other artworks in the exhibition. I really enjoy the interaction between my work and Geneva Sills' exquisite 'mine and hers' photographs of melons.

Circular forms were a recurrent theme throughout the exhibition, from the melon photographs to the circular carpets on which the drum kits were placed.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Sculptures installed in the Steeple space at the Briggait

I was invited to exhibit some of my sculptures in the Steeple space at the Briggait, and today I installed them. The sculptures were produced during my residency at the Market Gallery.

It is great to get the opportunity to show the sculptures without the rest of the work that was in my Studio Project exhibition as they are given more space.

I chose to position the v-shaped sculpture next to the yellow wall as it brings out the yellow in the sculpture.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Scotland set for Generation visual arts celebration - Scotsman article

A BLOCKBUSTER celebration of the visual arts – the biggest ever in Scotland – will be staged in more than 50 venues across the country to coincide with the staging of the Commonwealth Games next year.

The nation’s booming arts scene over the last quarter-century will be showcased in five major exhibitions in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as dozens of other smaller venues.
The National Galleries of Scotland is joining forces with Glasgow Life, the body responsible for the city’s vast art collection, for a free “landmark exhibition” charting the evolution of Scottish art and cutting-edge artists since 1989.

Major exhibitions will be held at the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the modern art galleries in each city and the Tramway arts centre in Glasgow as part of “Generation”, which is expected to feature the work of more than 100 artists, including all of Scotland’s Turner Prize winners and nominees.

Billed as one of the world’s biggest ever celebrations of contemporary art, Generation is expected to feature major showcases for Turner Prize winners Martin Boyce, Richard Wright, Douglas Gordon, Simon Starling, Martin Creed and Susan Philipsz, as well as David Shrigley, who is in the running for the honour this year.

Generation will also include a host of specially-commissioned new work and exhibitions created for next year’s Edinburgh Art Festival. However, the full line-up of selected artists, and where their work is going on display, will not be revealed until later this year.
Organisers say the exhibition, which will be launched in June, just before the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and run until October, is aimed at opening up public access to contemporary art as well as raising Scotland’s profile as a world-class hub for emerging artists.

Simon Groom, director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, said: “Generation really is unparalleled in scope and exhibition and that’s why it has taken so long to pull together. It has never been attempted, we think, anywhere else by a single nation.
“It looks at 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, up until now, and those artists who have been working, were born, were raised or made their profession and came to prominence in Scotland.”

Final costs of the project have not been revealed although it is thought the final contributions from NGS and Glasgow Life could match the £750,000 being contributed by Creative Scotland.

It is expected to be a major component of a nationwide cultural programme being planned to complement the sporting extravaganza.

Creative Scotland has set aside more than £4 million to fund projects.
Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life, said: “This is a unique partnership which will bring together, for the first time, the unique talents and works which have propelled both Glasgow and Scotland’s contemporary art onto a global stage.

Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Generation will celebrate Scotland’s visual art and artists and promote our rich culture and cutting-edge creativity to audiences at home and from around the world.”

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Cultural Hijack

Rethinking Intervention

Cultural Hijack presents a survey of provocative interventions which have inserted themselves into the world, demanding our attention, interrupting everyday life, hijacking, trespassing, agitating and teasing. Often unannounced and usually anonymous, these works have appropriated media channels, hacked into live TV and radio broadcasts, detourned billboards, re-appropriated street furniture, subverted signs, monuments and civic architectures, exposed corporations and tax loopholes, and revealed the absurdities of bureaucratic behaviours.

The exhibition positions itself at the intersection between art, politics and social justice in an historical moment, as we witness a rising tide of global resistance to neoliberal capitalism through an expanding ‘movement of movements’, from Zapatismo to the Arab Spring, from alternative G8 summits to Occupy Wall Street. In the shadows of this moment, artists are joining in the writing of alternative histories, the reclamation of our rights to the city and the unfinished project of the revolution of everyday life.

I was drawn to the video 'Ascending Descending' by Tatzu Nishi, in which a rota of men took turns to dig dirt from a deep hole, shovelling it on to a series of conveyor belts that return the material to the same hole.

From early morning to late at night the scene continues.

This work reminded me of the performance I did called Helter Skelter in which a performer and I would pile up boxes, only for the other performer to destroy the pile.

Friday, 10 May 2013

1913: Rite of Spring - The Underground Car Park

Over the past few days an underground car park in the centre of Glasgow has been transformed into an expansive exhibition venue. Curator Sukaina Kubba has done a remarkable job organising a series of exhibitions and events, of which the Underground carpark is one. What was a cold, empty, dark and dirty space became a lively, bustling hive of activity with creative individuals installing artwork and preparing performances.

Tonight's opening at the Underground carpark was the first in the series that presents contemporary and critical approaches to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring which caused uproar in 1913 due to the outrageous costumes and unusual choreography.

I feel honored to be part of the exhibition, along with a number of other Glasgow School of Art graduates. I enjoyed the install process; finding spaces where my relatively small sculptures could respond to the quirky industrial setting and form relationships with other artworks presented in the space.

I will share photos in another blog post, so keep your eyes peeled!

The highlight of my evening has to be witnessing a drummed interpretation of the Rite of Spring, which was performed by John Nicol and friends. It was a breathtaking experience that really moved me. I was captivated by the six drummers, each of whom fed off one another and worked together to create a physical musical experience that reminded me slightly of the drumming work by Steve Reich that I was lucky enough to see live a couple of months ago.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Internal Dimension - New work by Del Whitticase

Unfortunately the preview of this exhibition clashes with that of the 1913: Rite of Spring exhibition, but I am looking forward to seeing Del's new work later in the week.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

1913: Rite of Spring exhibition

I am delighted to be involved in the 1913: Rite of Spring exhibition, curated by Sukaina Kubba.





A series of exhibitions and events that present contemporary and critical approaches to the Stravinsky’s masterpiece and its milieu, 1913: Rite of Spring includes artwork, performances and ideas by alumni and students across the GSA disciplines and programmes. 1913: Rite of Spring will take place in May 2013 at venues across Glasgow including The Underground Car Park at Fleming House, The Hidden Gardens, Mono and The Old Hairdresser’s.
Written by Igor Stravinsky for the 1913 Paris season of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, The Rite of Spring premiered on May 29th 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and caused immediate uproar. The story of pagan sacrifice, the avant-garde nature of the music, the outrageous costumes and unusual choreography prompted audience members to riot and had critics up in arms. 1913 presents a stage in which Stravinsky’s piece, its sound, influence, resonances and avant-garde setting are interpreted, appropriated and played around with.

For more information on the events and the featured artists visit