Mathew Cerletty, Sean Kennedy, Mateo Tannatt
- Michael Davis
- 17 December 2012
Great example of all the things that are wrong with contemporary art in Glasgow
With a self-avowed aim of redressing our experience of images, notions of representation and referencing in making objects, this show has lofty ideals to say the least. The works themselves, though, are flat, fake and rubbish (in the most literal sense), with abstract painting, trompe l’oeil, and abject mass-produced items.
Sean Kennedy shows three ceiling-based tableaux of quotidian objects, plastic bags, ball bearings, colanders, etc, displayed as rubbish but meticulously listed.
Mathew Cerletty’s paintings are abstract and formal, creating illusions but little content (as in ‘Blue Paper’) and offering no easy way in. The best in show, however, is Mateo Tannatt’s cheap wheelbarrow filled with garden centre soil and a supermarket baguette.
Overall this show is a great example of all the things that are wrong with contemporary art in Glasgow – the knowing irony, the lack of explanation, the pointing at things but never trying to make them better. It feels empty and alien, determinedly so; a craven husk of consumerism, or a post-modern acid reflux – which is, I fear, the artists’ intent.
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