Glasgow International 2010 highlights - Katrina Brown interview
David Shrigley @ GI Festival 2010
GI director Katrina Brown introduces some of the festival’s themes and highlights
This year’s festival takes place across a vast array of spaces and places in Glasgow, from major museums and regular contemporary art venues to temporary sites and locations. For the first time it extends to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, where David Shrigley will show a group of new sculptures in a specially commissioned installation in the museum’s first floor ‘Study Centre’: his first exhibition in Glasgow for over a decade and full of his distinctive sense of the absurd.
For this outing of the festival we have been working around the theme of ‘past, present, future’. This was in part suggested by prevalent trends in contemporary art practice of recent years and in part by the fact that 2010 is the 20th anniversary of Glasgow’s reign as European Capital of Culture, which seemed to offer an interesting moment to look back – and, we hope, forward.
So much contemporary work has taken existent material as its starting point: whether film, found artifacts, design or architecture, the processes of re-enactment, reconstruction and re-use are widespread. There are two key examples of this at the heart of the Festival in the work of David Maljkovic (Croatia) and Gerard Byrne (Ireland): Maljkovic’s exhibition, Images with their own shadows, a group of recent collage and film works; and Gerard Byrne’s A thing is a hole in a thing it is not, a major new video work that looks at the emergence of Minimalism, will both be shown in a fantastic temporary venue on Miller Street in the heart of the Merchant City. This will also serve as the ‘hub’ for NVA’s brilliant White Bikes Plan. Elsewhere there’s Claire Barclay at Glasgow Print Studio; Jim Lambie at The Modern Institute’s great new space on Osborne Street; David Noonan in the Mitchell Library as part of a project by Washington Garcia; and a collaboration between Kate Davis and Faith Wilding at CCA.
There is a particularly strong range of work to be found across all of the spaces at Tramway: Christoph Büchel, Keren Cytter (both showing in Scotland for the first time) and our own Douglas Gordon as well as a busy programme of screenings and a symposium. And alongside so much work made in our present, with the Hunterian Art Gallery and Artist Rooms we are presenting a remarkable selection of unique works on paper and sculptures by one of the 20th century’s most enduringly resonant and influential figures: Joseph Beuys.