The best exhibitions
Neil Clements: Paranoid The Glasgow-based artist examines the relationship between art and music, focusing on the simultaneous emergence of Bridget Riley as the ‘High Priestess’ of Op Art in Britain and the nosey ‘birth’ of the de-tuned guitar. The exhibition includes paintings and a sound and lighting installation. See review. SouthSide Studios, Fridge Gallery, Glasgow, visits by appointment until Sun 19 Apr.
Alex Pollard The 2005 Venice Biennale contributor returns to Edinburgh with an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and works on paper that continue the theme of artifice that his previous work, based on shattered and reconstructed materials found in the artist’s studio, also referenced. Pollard now uses make-up and other materials to explore the legacy of 1980s New Romanticism. See preview. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, until Sat 2 Jun.
Fiona Jardine In work that draws extensively from literary influences, the Glasgow-based artist looks at the fetishisation of the suit in works by a long list of modern masters. Jardine presents photographs, ‘wall paper’ and wax relief sculptures that reference the works of Francis Bacon, Robert Longo, Gilbert and George, and the Pet Shop Boys. See interview. Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, until Sat 19 May.
Peter Jacques Jacques’ ‘performed photographs’ use corrosive chemicals to create large abstract works on paper based on classics, such as Orpheus and Eurydice and The Twelve Labours of Hercules, rewritten in the darkness of a basement with only his dog and a quill for company. See preview. Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh, until 14 June.