Sunday, 24 January 2016

The transparent tortoiseshell and the un-ripe umbrella: GSS, 23.05.16 - 5.03.16

'Glasgow Sculpture Studios presents The transparent tortoiseshell and the un-ripe umbrella, a group exhibition curated by Louise Briggs, including new commissions and recent works by Eva BerendesStephanie MannRallou PanagiotouVanessa Safavi and Samara Scott.

The exhibition explores how each of these artists uses every-day, familiar objects and commodities to create abstract pictorial assemblages that play with our sense of what those objects are commonly used or known for. Within their respective installations, photographs and sculptural assemblages the objects become ambiguous, free-floating signifiers that when combined together alienate their familiarity to the viewer. The artists disregard the objects’ natural hierarchy to focus upon their decorative, material and sensory qualities, combining natural and artificial imitation, antiquity and plasticity, the industrial and hand-made.

While each artist works sculpturally, their practice clearly occupies the space between two and three dimensions, sharing much in common with the history of painting, and predominantly that of the still life where colour, texture, surface, composition, the layering of fore-and background, and the relationship between, and the arrangement of, objects is paramount. In the case of all the artists presented here however, the still life is anything but static. The works all appear to imply some form of live activation, either through references to the body and the absence of it and in the live substances and elements that amalgamate within some of the works.'



Pictures from opening night:

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