Ten emerging artists from Scotland
- Talitha Kotzé
- 30 October 2012
Including Nick Evans, Torsten Lauschmann, Ashley Nieuwenhuizen and more
Producing six of the last 15 Turner Prize winners – among them Martin Creed, Richard Wright, Susan Philipsz and Simon Starling – the Scottish art scene is an incubator for new international talent. Talitha Kotzé introduces ten of the best
The work of Glasgow sculptor Nick Evans makes reference to art history and traditional practical application, but adds a modern twist. Whether his sculptures are chunky and inward looking, or fleshy and exhibitionist, they provide a feast for tired dry eyes. He has had shows at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, GoMA and the Mackintosh Museum.
Represented by Mary Mary
Highly regarded yet steadfastly independent, German-Glaswegian Torsten Lauschmann consistently enchants his audiences and leaves them begging for more. His intelligent, witty and engaging video, light and sound installations construct a narrative exploring the technology, both ancient and modern, that produces them.
Corin Sworn (Kendall Koppe)
London-born, Vancouver-raised, Glasgow-based Corin Sworn, who represents Scotland at the 2013 Venice Biennale, is a true master of fine art. Her thought-provoking work explores the stories we attach to objects, allowing poetry to erupt at the intersection between aesthetic form and meticulously constructed content.
Represented by Kendall Koppe
The work of the Dundee-based artist is a response to the wild nature of her South African homeland. By using raw materials and her own body, she investigates the fantastical and scientific realms where aspects of animal and man blend. Through sculpture, printmaking, performance and drawing, she makes us think twice about our environment.
Active art duo Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan have worked collaboratively since 1995, examining the modern world through absurd and often contradictory interventions. They use sculpture, painting, architecture, photography, performance and literature to create diversions and unpick washed-out terminology.
Represented by the Modern Institute
In a 21st-century riff on the avant garde spirit, the unstoppable Glasgow collective 85A is a group of multidisciplinary artists who put on experimental shows. Their repertoire stretches from music events and film screenings to multisensory kinetic theatre, an herbaceous barbershop and hedonistic Hallowe’en and Christmas parties.
Katie Paterson has exhibited at the Tate Triennale, Modern Art Oxford and BALTIC. She likes to make cosmological interventions, transmitting Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to the moon and back, wiring a live phone line to an Icelandic glacier and mapping out the locations of the 27,000 dead stars known to humanity.
Represented by the Ingleby Gallery.
In the drawings of Falkirk artist Christine Jones, subtle monochromatic tones emerge powerfully from the surface. She has been commissioned to do illustrations of musicians, filmmakers and other beautiful people, and is working on a project focusing on the legacy of photojournalism and the Spanish Civil War.
Mark Lyken is a visual artist and musician based in Glasgow. Interested in how personal technology and social networks are becoming the glue that binds society, he creates abstract meditations on the digital world. In 2012, he had a solo exhibition at street art and graffiti gallery Recoat and released a debut album.
Part of the Recoat collective.
Dundonian Myles’ work is held in the Tate, MoMA, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and GoMA. He works with printmaking, sculpture and architectural structure – he often builds additional walls within galleries. For his DCA solo show in 2012, a wall was erected by apprentices from Angus College.
Represented by the Modern Institute,
New work by artist concerned with astronomical and cosmological themes.
Tales of the City: Gallery 2
Works from GoMA's collection purchased on the Art Fund International scheme, in partnership with the Common Guild. Featured artists include Derek Boshier, Rob Churm, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Alex Frost, David Hockney, Scott Myles, David Sherry and Simon Starling.
Of Natural & Mystical Things
Work exploring the physical, philosophical and mystical nature of the world by RSA Members and artists that have come through the RSA Awards & Exhibitions programme, including Ian Howard, Ashley Nieuwenhuizen, Rebecca Cusworth and Bridget Steed.
Carpets of Distinction
An exhibition of six hand-tufted rugs designed by seven artists, John Byrne, Ruth Ewan, Nick Evans, Alasdair Gray, Nicolas Party, Tom O’Sullivan and Joanne Tatham, and executed in collaboration with Dovecot's Jonathan Cleaver.