Revealing the Invisible: The Art of Stansfield / Hooykaas from Different Perspectives

Exhibition represents spiritual homecoming for Dutch artist Madelon Hooykaas

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Revealing the Invisible: The Art of Stansfield / Hooykaas from Different Perspectives

Circuit 1989

When Revealing the Invisible opens at Glasgow’s CCA and Street Level, it will be a spiritual homecoming for Madelon Hooykaas. While the CCA may be unrecognisable from its origins as all-purpose arts lab the Third Eye Centre, it was here in 1974 that the Dutch artist presented her first video installation in partnership with the late Elsa Stansfield, who died in 2004. Commissioned by then Third Eye director Tom McGrath, ‘What’s It To You’ showed images of Barras stallholders juxtaposed with the reactions of passers-by on Sauchiehall Street. Thirty-six years on, the original tapes may be lost, but Revealing the Invisible charts a form that was barely recognised as art when Stansfield / Hooykaas started out.

‘Things have changed so much,’ says Hooykaas today. ‘Elsa was from Glasgow and was interested in photography and film, but because they weren’t taught in Scotland she had to go to London.’

Revealing the Invisible nevertheless brings things full circle as a new generation of artists turns to work that came out of the 1960s counter-culture and attempted to redefine how art was presented beyond gallery spaces.

‘Some of our work was very community-based,’ says Hooykaas, who continues to work alone. ‘We showed work in arts centres, but we also wanted to get people in who didn’t normally go there. I quite like that relationship. People who are out walking the dog or just strolling along respond in a very different way.’

CCA, Glasgow, Sat 27 Nov–Sat 29 Jan

Madelon Hooykaas

A talk entitled 'Revealing the Invisible: The Art of Stansfield/Hooykaas From Different Perspectives' from one half of the longtime artists' collaboration.

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