Folkert De Jong: The Immortals
Dutch artist references Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh
A gaudily attired couple sit astride some scaffolding watching the debris-ridden legacy of the best minds of their generation. Or at least that’s the sense you get of Dutch artist Folkert De Jong’s site-specific sculptural intervention, which looks to the gallery’s namesake and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh, for inspiration.
Looking for all the world like paint-spattered dayglo-punk charity-shop dandies, it’s as if the pair are occupying some building-site royal box while a cheap seat variety show plays out below. The effect is heightened by the figure of a woman sporting a hat, which from a distance looks straight out of cabaret, holding on tight to two male figures, while beside the scaffolding a male figure holds on to a battered approximation of a wooden acoustic guitar. A solitary female figure stands astride a trestle table in the midst of some carefully choreographed dance of death. Positioned amidst more regularly classical statues, this is theatre as still life, captured for posterity and ready for its close-up.
Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art, until Sat 12 May