Tender Scene: Group Show

Changing Room Gallery, Stirling, until Sat 11 Aug


After a successful exhibition at Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice as part of the third leg of his 2005 Venice Biennale contribution, Alex Pollard exhibits his work again, taking over as curator at Stirling’s Changing Room Gallery, exhibiting with Fiona Jardine, Clare Stephenson, and Gregor Wright. All of the artists (excluding Wright) are represented by Sorcha Dallas, so this is a tight little group indeed.

But rather than presenting the work in the form of a group show, the artist’s work will be exhibited as a collaboration, with elements by all four being mixed together. Jardine’s work usually responds to the architectural dimensions and fixtures of the space, covering walls in prints, raising areas of the floor and installing faux doorways (her recent exhibition at Sorcha Dallas gallery also included photographs and sculptural elements). Pollard’s work also responds to, and interacts with, the gallery space, with wall drawings encircling more traditionally realised sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Drawing is also central to the practices of Stephenson and Wright - both artists’ works presenting two distinct stylistic trends: a serious examination of two-dimensional artistic reality and a surreal attack on the fragmented figure, respectively. Stephenson’s work contains representational elements, set in impossible spatial configurations, while Wright draws expressive part-objects, questioning the expressive power of the line he utilises.

This exhibition will act as a mini-retrospective of some of the aesthetic preoccupations and considerations that many Glasgow-based artists are tackling, and will bring the work of some rarely exhibited artists to the fore.

(Alexander Kennedy)

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