Five crossover projects by Glasgow School of Art alumni
Projects from David Shrigley, Douglas Gordon, Martin Boyce, Richard Wright and Jim Lambie
Among the many GSA students to go on to rich and varied careers, five in particular – three of them Turner Prize winners – stand out for crossover projects highlighting the wonderful and sometimes weird things that can come out of artists mixing it up with creatives from other mediums.
1. David Shrigley does opera
In 2011, Shrigley teamed up with Magnetic North to bring his eye for the strange, funny and frankly unnerving to bear on the world of opera. He wrote the libretto for Pass The Spoon, which was based on TV cookery shows and staged at the Tramway.
2. Douglas Gordon collaborates with Mogwai on a football documentary
A tribute to Zinedine Zidane’s peerlessly artistic ways with a football, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait saw Gordon place 17 synchronised cameras around Real Madrid’s Bernabéu Stadium to follow the French maestro in close-up for 90 minutes throughout one match. The finished film was set to a soundtrack by Mogwai.
3. Martin Boyce sculpts with jazz and film
A sculptor, a jazz saxophonist and a filmmaker walk into a theatre – sounds like a joke in search of a punchline. But Martin Boyce’s 2012 multimedia collaboration Scarecrows & Lighthouses with Raymond MacDonald and David Mackenzie at the Tramway was a serious and successful bridging of the gaps between gallery, concert hall and cinema.
4. Richard Wright records an album with Correcto
Prior to his Turner win in 2009, Richard Wright moonlighted as guitarist with Glasgow post-punk band Correcto, fronted by fellow artist Danny Saunders and featuring Franz Ferdinand’s Paul Thompson on drums and Veronica Falls’ Patrick Doyle on bass. Their self-titled debut album was released on Domino Records in 2008.
5. Jim Lambie founds his own performance venue The Poetry Club
With a collaborative event with punk legend Richard Hell upcoming, Lambie decided to design and build his own venue at the SWG3 warehouse in Finnieston, in the space of just six weeks. It remains today, hosting music, club and spoken-word events and intimate encounters with the likes of Primal Scream and Patti Smith.