Glasgow International 2012 - 8 Scottish-based artists to watch
29 March 2012
Habit by Ross Fraser McLean
Christine Jones, David Galletly, Scott Myles and the 85A collective are among those on the rise
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art returns this month with some of the best-known names in contemporary art showing their work in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
To mark the festival’s launch we’re celebrating the success of Scotland’s visual arts scene, and all its drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, film and installation work, kicking off with a showcase of eight hot young Scottish artists we think could just be the next Martin Boyce, Karla Black or Douglas Gordon
Christine Jones is an artist and graphic designer based in Falkirk who graduated in 1997 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in fine art. Her work takes various forms: drawing, painting, illustration and photography, often personal in nature, depicting themes of loss, memory, romance and love. However, she is also interested in art that expresses a personal and social conscience. christinejonesmakes.blogspot.com
David Galletly is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living and working in Glasgow. He regularly contributes to various publications, including The List, and has exhibited his personal artwork locally and internationally. David is a member of the art collective Team Recoat and handles art direction for Fence Records. davidgalletly.com
Scott Myles was born in Dundee and currently lives and works in Glasgow, having graduated from the painting department of Duncan of Jordanstone in 1997. His first solo show in the UK, This Production, opens at Dundee Contemporary Arts this month and features new sculptures and an expansive site-specific installation. The sculptures are created from everyday objects such as mirrors, manila folders and spirit levels, while the installation ‘Displaced Façade’ draws on Myles’ memories of skateboarding in the derelict building that became DCA. Scott Myles at TheModernInstitute.com
Ross Fraser Mclean
Ross Fraser Mclean is a Dundee native whose photography has taken him from a rapidly-modernising China to the crumbling barrios of Cuba and rural Northern India. His work – primarily comprised of analogue photography but including digital work and now cinematography – offers a personal reflection on wider issues, drawing direct links between the individual and society. Most recently he exhibited work from his travels in India in August 2011, during which time he was a virtual captive in an isolated village populated by snake-charmers. rossfrasermclean.com
Corin Sworn was born in London and raised in Vancouver, Canada and, having graduated with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art, now lives and works between Glasgow and Vancouver. Solo shows in the UK, Canada and the USA have exemplified her interest in the ways in which artefacts are borrowed, adapted and reconfigured to tell various stories, often exploring the alternative narratives that cultural products develop through use. Corin Sworn at KendallKoppe.org
Bobby Niven holds a BFA from Glasgow School of Art, an MFA from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and currently works at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios. His latest work is set on Inchgarvie Island under the Forth Rail Bridge. Working with a combination of found and fabricated objects, Niven explores the relationship between sculpture, artefact and prop as a way of stretching the time and landscape of the film. bobbyniven.co.uk
85A are a loose collective of Glasgow-based multidisciplinary artists that in recent years have collaborated on various provocative shows. The group believes work ought to reveal itself by non-conformist means and, with this in mind, they often present projects in disused buildings and forgotten spaces. Highlights to date include 'Herbaceous Barbershop', part of NVA's Glasgow Harvest Festival in which patrons wore edible cress herb caps on their heads and an evening devoted to Jan Svankmajer, which exhibited work inspired by the Czech filmmaker. 85a.org.uk
Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow-based artist and graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, working largely in digital composite video, and using the moving image in the context of installation and sculpture. Exploring the aesthetic of Poundland, Youtube, Manga and Hieronymus Bosch she creates hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque, and is the only actor or model in her work. rachelmaclean.com
An outdoor sculpture park designed for adults and children to play in, by artists Chris Johanson, Mary Redmond, Camilla Løw and Corin Sworn. Curated by Three Blows. Part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.
Photographer Ross Fraser Mclean intended to travel India and share the country's diverse culture. After finding himself stranded in a tiny village when he arrived, he decided instead to document this fringe community whose snake charming tradition was outlawed by the Indian Government.
This platform for emerging artists features video work by Claire Hope and Corin Sworn. Guest speaker Kitty Anderson will conduct a short Q&A with the artists and the event will be followed by a short drinks reception.