Scott Myles: Elba (4 stars)

Scott Myles: Elba

Glasgow Print Studio, until Sun 8 Aug

In a series of silver and black prints, a sculpture ensemble graces the dance floor of a ballet studio: a pas de deux played out by two slim plinths, a glass object lifted by an office chair, and a stepladder achieving a grand-plié to uphold a petite object, form part of a new series of works by Dundonian artist Scott Myles.

Based in Glasgow, Myles’ practice is concerned with the performative. His objects are never obsolete, but always suggest a ‘slice of now’. With past gone and future looming, the viewer is encouraged to dip into the journey, like opening the window shutter of a moving train. There is something about this dynamic relationship that makes his objects intriguing things to look at.

In another series, a couple of fluorescent orange and black text works show off the process of industrial printing, but with intentional marks outside of the demarcated printing area, over-printing, carefully considered ‘wrong’ strokes, and skilful smudges add to the overall effect. Cerebral teasing is then employed by the text which spells HOT SAND and BOTH AND.

Since 2002, Myles has been collecting posters by the late Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres on his visits to galleries and museums. After adding handwritten phrases, he mounts them in a perspex box and affixes one side to the wall and the other supported by a leg to the floor, allowing the viewer to see both sides of the work. Here the added text reads forwards and backwards.

The final edition, this one responsible for the title of the show, Elba, refers to the brand of office filing products that Myles used as a prototype to create large scale brightly coloured document wallets. The result is a collection of paper-sculpture replicas positioned against the wall like colour-field paintings.

The works are all strangely linked through rather absurd conceptual connections, but their accomplished quality draws you in and makes you want to visit the show twice to understand why you like it so much. Could it be the interior of the gallery, with its natural light and conducive exhibition layout that adds to the seduction?

Elba: Scott Myles

  • 4 stars

A collection of accomplished and intriguing screen printed works, all linked by rather absurd conceptual connections that invite the viewer to keep returning, if only to work out why they are so appealing.

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