Jerry Dowds & Redjade Yuan: Circadian Symphony
Glasgow School of Art graduate prize show presents two up-and-coming artists
For the RGI’s Glasgow School of Art graduate prize show, it’s enriching to see a none-more-Glasgow piece of art displayed in the window. Two sheets of bubble wrap hang floor-to-ceiling, certain of their small spherical compartments filled with coloured liquid. It’s Irn-Bru, cherryade, lime cordial and mouthwash, says the detail. There’s an amusing tension to it, the sense of protective sterility afforded by the wrap and the tooth-tingling sugariness of its contents.
Among many other pieces, their creator Jerry Dowds also paints ceramic-finished images of toilets against their elegantly tiled backgrounds, and wistful images of council estates and streets through rain-soaked windows as the grimy and the poignant clash with real resonance.
Redjade Yuan’s work is similarly playful, mining the artist’s memories for nostalgic resonance. This includes the description of a ceremonial procedure in which she soaked a giant handmade teabag in water from the Thames and poured in milk. In Yuan’s Japanese-styled pop art paintings, abstract assemblages of found or possibly personally valuable detritus, and porcelain sculptures of two nipples and a labia, there is a sense of awakening, a tension between innocent memories of youth and the raw experience of adulthood.
RGI Gallery, Glasgow, until Sat 15 Jun