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  • Martin Boyce

    Staged to resemble a spacious domestic interior, Martin Boyce’s exhibition “Light Years” expressed a poised interplay between standardized industrial materials and the refinement of high art. Three works that the artist compares to large Color Field landscape paintings (all works Untitled, 2017) anchored the overall installation. To create these, Boyce first applied beige primer to perforated steel panels, then layered on pale washes in rose, aqua, or yellow—colors selected from the German RAL system—yielding streaked and muted pastel fields. The effect is similar to that of the subtle

  • Lubaina Himid

    Lubaina Himid has embraced her artistic practice as an organizer, a cultural and political activist, an educator, and a leader in the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s––a pivotal decade for British culture and politics. Alongside her own work, she curated exhibitions of other female black artists at a time when they were excluded from institutional recognition. “Unrecorded Truths,” the title of a 1986 group show she organized, exemplifies her lifelong quest to reveal the concealed histories of colonialism and the diaspora, and to assert black artists’ place in the Western art canon: “We

  • picks March 18, 2016

    “AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism?”

    Commissioned by the Left Book Club to educate the public on the social and economic deprivation in England’s industrial north, George Orwell wrote The Road to Wigan Pier (1936) in two parts: For the first, he detailed his experience living with coal miners; in the second, he pled for social justice, a democratic socialism of equality and fairness, to challenge the privileged (like himself) to develop a political conscience. At a moment when socialism is one of the most searched words on Merriam-Webster’s site, Rebecca Shatwell, director of “AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism?” (

  • Cathy Wilkes

    Making installations that combine abstract paintings and both figurative and abstract sculptures with found objects and ones she has collected over the years, Cathy Wilkes disperses all these components into absorbing and mysterious tableaux. Through these sometimes haunting assemblages, the Glasgow-based artist examines issues such as femininity, sexuality, and motherhood, while experimenting with all sorts of media and materials and carefully composing disparate elements into eerie domestic scenes.

    Untitled, 2014, a new installation commissioned for “Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in

  • interviews August 12, 2014

    Moyna Flannigan

    Edinburgh-based artist Moyna Flannigan is known for her dark and humorous tableaus that reflect her keen wit. “Stare,” her latest body of work, is currently featured at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow as part of “Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Scottish Art,” which is on view through November 2, 2014. Here Flannigan discusses her new pieces and the mysterious female figures that occupy her canvases and works on paper.

    EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH DRAWING. For me, this is a fundamental stage of exploration, one about looking and taking a position from that. When I begin a new body of work,

  • picks March 12, 2014

    Kim Fisher

    Reflecting on the Los Angeles environment and culture, and its gradual and consistent transformation, Kim Fisher’s new paintings and large printed works on paper draw on her observations of the effect that heat and time have on materials within the intense climate where she lives and works. Applying oil paint with an airbrush onto areas of deeply dyed black linen canvas, Fisher creates shapes and imagery that seem to be scraps of pages from magazines and newspapers. In Magazine Painting (Faded Cream), 2013, some of these fragments appear torn and faded from the sun. In others, the artist uncannily

  • interviews October 21, 2013

    Haegue Yang

    Haegue Yang is a Korean artist based in Berlin and Seoul who is well known for working with mundane materials such as venetian blinds, decorative lights, and fans. Yang completed a three-month residency this past summer at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios, resulting in the production of her current exhibition, “Journal of Bouba/kiki,” which is her first solo show in Scotland and is now on view GSS’s exhibition space. The show runs until December 20, 2013.

    I WANTED TO DO this residency because I wanted a challenge: to be somewhere unknown without my team or my studio, and without the facilities and

  • Karla Black

    Experimenting with the fragility of materials such as cellophane, powder, lipstick, and eye shadow, Karla Black creates visceral sculptures that convey vulnerability and uncertainty yet remain stalwartly poised on the verge of something extraordinary. The Glasgow-based artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the US will consist of a massive, site-specific work, Practically in Shadow, 2013. Black’s largest hanging polyethylene form to date will be suspended from the ICA’s thirty-foot ceiling and bathed in natural light from the surrounding skylights. On the floor below,

  • picks December 24, 2012

    Jim Lambie

    In this exhibition, titled “Shaved Ice,” Jim Lambie has arranged sixteen ladders at different angles throughout one gallery in an arrangement that might at first seem random. Installed from floor to ceiling, the ladders seem almost architecturally integral to the space, thus challenging preconceived notions of the set purpose and character of these everyday items. Lambie has placed mirrored inserts between their rungs, which results in compound reflections that are not immediately detectable, and he has painted the ladders in a rainbow of psychedelic colors that bounce off the mirrors and each

  • Kelly Richardson

    Kelly Richardson’s uncannily evocative works are as haunting as they are beautiful. The UK-based Canadian artist works meticulously with advanced digital technology, interwoven with dramatic natural wilderness landscapes, to construct intricate imagery that projects a dystopian future in which shadowy technological developments and human negligence have permanently altered our natural environment. Her latest exhibition, “Legion,” brought together both new commissions and works created over the past decade, illustrating an intriguing evolution in her singular technological vision.

    The widescreen,

  • Sarnath Banerjee

    Best known for his graphic novels Corridor (2004), The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers (2007), and The Harappa Files (2011), Berlin-based Indian artist Sarnath Banerjee expanded the presentation of his cultural and historical research with “History is Written by Garment Exporters,” a collection of artworks consisting of drawings, prints, films, collages, sketchbooks, and appropriated items such as books and sneakers. Influenced by the oral cultures of third-world cities, imbued with a deep sense of the local, and interweaving the imaginary and the real, Banerjee holds a magnifying glass up to the

  • picks October 18, 2012

    Mohamed Bourouissa

    For his exhibition “Le Miroir,” Paris-based Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa photographed staged settings with his friends and neighbors, part of that portion of the population known to many in Paris as Les Banlieusards—those living in the neighborhoods outside the Boulevard Périphérique, a busy highway that forms a ring around Paris. Constructing the scenes within these sites, the artist reveals what he calls the “invisible tensions” of being the “other” in contemporary France. Bourouissa allows the natural exchange of gazes and gestures among the participants to occur spontaneously, which

  • Torsten Lauschmann

    Experimenting with old and new technologies to explore the performative and sculptural possibilities of moving-image installations, Glasgow-based artist Torsten Lauschmann mounted five disparate pieces in this AV Festival event to create a peculiarly cogent installation that unfolded in time, changing constantly as the pieces playfully interacted in an array of combinations. The individual works—including several projections, a digital player piano, and a snow machine—provided mechanical movement, sounds, and light integral to the overall effect. Lauschmann programmed certain aspects

  • picks April 27, 2012

    “Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art”

    Glasgow’s art scene has evolved on its own terms—always mingling the gutsy and the experimental. Showcasing work by over 130 artists in diverse sites across of the city, this year’s festival encapsulates the city’s energy with a thoughtful range of new installations. Take, for instance, Karla Black’s Empty Now (all works 2012), which is made of seventeen tons of meticulously layered sawdust. Periodically, the Glaswegian artist alters this delicate work with tiny beads of color from cosmetic products. Hanging clouds above, Will Attach spans the Gallery of Modern Art’s neoclassical ceiling with

  • picks October 04, 2011

    Stephen Sutcliffe

    Through his astute method of collage, Glasgow-based artist Stephen Sutcliffe’s exhibition “Runaway, Success,” addresses the nature of the awkwardness—self-doubt, uncertainty, risk—that is inherent in the creative process. Overlaying colors and hand-drawn images on film footage and adding sound tracks in his videos, Sutcliffe performs experiments that destabilize and cast doubt on originality.

    In We’ll Let You Know, 2008, a young Ian McKellen expounds on Shakespearean acting, while Sutcliffe has integrated a voice-over—as if coming from offstage, a voice makes verbal jabs like “Be as quick as you

  • Maria Hedlund

    Swedish artist Maria Hedlund’s exhibition “Upplöst (Dissolved) included several series of striking gelatin silver photographic prints. The subject of Hyttödammen II,” 2006–11, is a private collection of insects (dragonflies, butterflies, flies, bees, and beetles) accumulated by a teacher who in the early 1960s obsessively catalogued these little creatures from the pond in central Sweden after which the series is named. Hedlund (who herself collects quirky animal relics) eventually purchased the collection from the student who inherited it, and has photographed each box of insects twice: with

  • Christine Borland

    With “Cast From Nature,” Christine Borland continued her ongoing examination of medical practices, focusing on depersonalization and the use of teaching aids such as simulated patients. A residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios allowed the artist an extended period of time to develop a work in public. The project took shape as she began trying to unravel the mystery behind a nineteenth-century sculpture that was once part of the notable collection of the Anatomy Museum of Edinburgh University. Making full use of her contacts in the medical profession, she sought out the original plaster-cast

  • picks May 02, 2011

    Ulla von Brandenburg

    Experimenting with the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk, German artist Ulla von Brandenburg’s exhibition “Neue Alte Welt” (New Old World) centers on Chorspiel (Choir Games), 2010, a black-and-white operatic film with text, music, and concept by the artist. The film’s narrative unfolds with a Bergman-like blend of explorations in literature, psychology, and theater. Shot in a forest, the film has a sparse set delineated by a white rectangle painted on the ground. Contained within this area, five performers weave the tale of a wanderer arriving in a town where he meets four family members spanning three

  • Stansfield/Hooykaas

    Scottish artist Elsa Stansfield and her Dutch partner, Madelon Hooykaas, pushed the European time-based media scene with their intuitive explorations from 1972 until Stansfield’s sudden death in 2004, since which time Hooykaas has continued on her own. This winter, to accompany “Revealing the Invisible: The Art of Stansfield/Hooykaas from Different Perspectives,” Hooykaas compiled a book chronicling their work, featuring essays by eleven scientists, art historians, and philosophers from around the world. The exhibition itself—of video, sculpture, photography, and sound works from 1979 to

  • picks December 29, 2010

    “10 Dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland, and the European Avant Garde”

    The eightieth birthday of the Scottish artist, writer, and philosopher Richard Demarco was the catalyst for this exhibition, which examines his formative connection to ten artists (Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramović, Tadeusz Kantor, Paul Neagu, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Gunther Uëcker, Rory McEwen, Ainslie Yule, Alastair MacLennan, and David Mach). In the 1960s, Demarco explored contemporary art scenes in eastern Europe and curated groundbreaking shows including “Sixteen Polish Painters” (1967), “Four Romanian Artists” (1969), and “Eight Yugoslav Artists” (1973). Concurrently, he introduced Scottish