Rachel Mimiec: Plough
- Neil Cooper
- 17 April 2013
Show that blurs the boundaries between community and solo practice
When GoMa's soon to be outgoing associate artist Rachel Mimiec led workshops with children at the Red Road Family Centre Nursery, her own line of inquiry with blocks of colour led to 'Plough', a body of work in which pages from issues of National Geographic daubed, splodged or scribbled over.
In terms of style and substance, there's little to distinguish between the children's paintings and Mimiec's own work in this three-room installation. Which, for a show that looks at collective creative action, is how it should be.
Landscape and nature are paramount to the experience, especially with the inclusion of Horatio McCulloch's 1866 landscape painting, Loch Moree, crucially hung upside down. It's a topsy-turvy cock-a-snook to the subject's more formal representations that comes from a sense of fun more than subversion. Yet it's the intimacy of the printed matter that resonates most in a show that blurs the boundaries between community and solo practice to create something bright, brash and flag-wavingly, panoramically partisan in terms of embracing the shared experience where being both viewer and participant are as vital as each other.
GoMA, Glasgow, until Mon May 27