Emerging Contemporaries at The Glasgow Art Club
Exhibition held at The Glasgow Art Club; http://glasgowartclub.co.uk/exhibitions/emerging-contemporaries/
From the 5th - 16th January I got the chance to exhibit with fellow artists, some recent graduates and some current students at the Glasgow School of Art. Honouring its 150th year, The Glasgow Art Club kicked off celebrations with our Emerging Contemporaries Show. We wanted to create an exhibition that would both honour the great tradition of image-making and skill of The Art Club's history and amongst their existing members and explore how our ideas, material experimentations and methods of installation could offer a new voice within the establishment.
The Club, founded in 1867, has a rich history of painters including James Guthrie and David Donaldson - both of whom have influenced my painting style significantly. Within our group of exhibitors, we had an eclectic range of material styles from sculpture, photography, painting and printmaking, that frequently blend to produce hybrid outcomes (faux marble produced by Chris Hargan, skewed perspective photographs from William Braithwaite, detailed prints from iPhone photos from Kimberley Blackadder).
Due to the diversity of the works, it seemed quite a challenge to curate, how to make politically charged decorative vases communicate with severe monochrome photographs, gestural paintings exploring the female body with rubber-casted interiors. In the end, it was an absolute joy to finalise the installation of this exhibition with Joe Hargan, carpenter Michael and fellow exhibitor Chris Hargan. We spent time in the space adjusting and repositioning portions of the show and I gained a great insight into the decisiveness required within the professional art world... Posters were designed and invites sent out, we were pretty much ready to go.
I had a good amount of work in this show: In The Murky Depths, the Shangrilads series and Underwater Distortion. These works have been shown in the GSA Degree Show and Compass Gallery and are the best representations of the colour-saturated effect possible with the material methodology I use to create them.
I find exhibiting with Jade Sturrock really exciting and I think our work has great potential collaboratively... Keep an eye out for some joint/synergetic works from us soon!
This was a valuable opportunity to explore exhibition within an established community of artists. It has been particularly fascinating to hear the members feedback, create new connections and be exposed to some exciting new directions to take my new works!