New Work Scotland Programme
- Rosalie Doubal
- 29 October 2009
Three swings with long chains made of china and crockery currently hang from a great height in Craig’s Close. Staggered and poised, they drop in close proximity to the walls: only chinks remain between the unforgiving brick and the fragile porcelain. If you were to swing from them, their supports would crunch and crack in your grip, a thought that lends a menacing depth to this, artist Jennifer Grant’s playful piece.
Standing sentry for the level of work currently exhibited by the rest of the New Work Scotland artists, Grant’s off-site installation proffers a raw mix of risk and considered creation; an alternative model that in turn makes provision for alternative thoughts. Inside, Glasgow School of Art graduate Michael White’s sculptures stage a not-so-formal investigation into formalist concerns. Lacking the sensitivity exhibited elsewhere, the artist juxtaposes guttural and dissonant plastered sculptures with sleek geometrics.
The Guest Room has been turned over to selected curators PLACE Projects, a Glasgow-based artist-led initiative. As a result, much lauded young artist Rachel Maclean has collaborated with Simon Gowing, and a pleasing presentation of Maclean’s signature hyper-kitsch sits with a minimal work by Gowing. The most interesting work, however, comes from Anna Tanner. Washes of paint on paper re-work and stretch the medium, and like Grant’s successful works, point to alternative ways of imagining a scene. One to watch, Tanner achieves incredible levels of suggestion from little workings, and her paintings, which contain unbearably light references to the film Western, elicit an unmatched vitality.
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sun 22 Nov