Glasgow International 2014: programme highlights
This article is from 2014.
Featuring Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne, Henrik Pätzke, Sue Tompkins, Hudinilson Jr and more
The once abandoned Govanhill Baths continues its new lease of life as an arts venue, this time hosting Hamilton and Byrne’s inflatable sculptures, first installed at London’s Poplar Baths during the 2012 Olympics. Colourful, squishy and lightweight, the works of LOVE take on the imagery of pop culture and advertising, paying homage to both the bright kitsch of Pop Art and the accessibility of public art. The exhibition’s title comes from the London duo’s recreation of Robert Indiana’s iconic and endlessly riffed-on LOVE image, sculptural versions of which grace public plazas (and now swimming pools) around the world. (Jaclyn Arndt)
Govanhill Baths, Glasgow, Fri 4–Mon 21 Apr.
Swedish painter and sculptor Henrik Pätzke takes over the entire Project Ability gallery for his first UK solo show, creating one of his signature installations constructed out of numerous, stitched-together pieces of fabric. Often taking the form of tents and clouds, Pätzke’s installations play with notions of transience, indeterminacy and metaphor.
For his GI exhibition, Pätzke – who works with Stockholm’s Ateljé Inuti 2, a studio that supports artists with high-functioning autism – draws connections between constructed space, human presence and autistic withdrawal. (Jaclyn Arndt)
Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, Fri 4–Mon 21 Apr.
For her first major solo show in the United Kingdom, Berlin-based Domanovic has created work that examines the portrayal of women in popular science fiction.
Born in the former Yugoslavia, her previous work has explored how images and information change in different historical contexts, as well as exploring the role of gender in technology.
For this Henry Moore Foundation-supported site-specific GI exhibition, Domanovic has reinterpreted the space at GoMA to create a type of survival pod, filling it with sculptures that will still be visible from outside each night after the gallery closes to visitors. (Rhona Taylor)
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Fri 4–Mon 21 Apr.
Gathering together 25 intriguing and diverse pieces of sculpture – some of which are smaller than a hand while others used to be displayed in large public spaces – Reclaimed will draw attention to issues of storage and obsolescence with 3D artworks that were built to last but now find themselves hidden from view. The show’s curators – Kate V Robertson, Martin Craig and Michelle Emery-Barker – present artworks by luminaries including Matthew Darbyshire, Beagles and Ramsay, George Wyllie and David Shrigley, as well as some historic works that have been borrowed from Glasgow Museums. (David Pollock)
The Briggait, Glasgow, Fri 4 Apr–Fri 2 May.
Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins has gathered a rich and international body of work in the time since she graduated from Glasgow School of Art two decades ago, most predominantly as a sound artist who incorporates found vocalised words from her everyday life into her work.
This exhibition at one of the city’s largest galleries (part of Glasgow International even though it launched earlier this month), incorporates new fabric pieces, paintings as well as works on newsprint.
There will also be three performances, two on-site at the venue and one broadcast via the BBC. (David Pollock)
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, until Mon 21 Apr.
For the past year, curator Sukaina Kubba has reappropriated the underground car park at Fleming House (just off Renfrew Street and in close proximity to the Glasgow School of Art) as an art exhibition venue. Six graduates of GSA’s MLitt in Fine Art Practice (Nadège Druzkowski, Jenny Lewis, Philippe Murphy, Alys Owen, Beth Shapeero and Kubba herself) seek to reinterpret the space as an imagined former swimming pool with works that explore ‘other spaces’. The aim, they suggest, is to comment upon the fate of modernism and the use of space in a contemporary urban environment. (David Pollock)
Underground Car Park at Fleming House, Glasgow, Fri 4–Mon 21 Apr.
If the medium is the message, Michael Smith is one of the video age’s great dissenters. For more than 30 years, Smith has taken on the mantles of assorted guileless everymen and put them centre-stage in a plethora of works that satirise the absurdities of TV format clichés found in infomercials, game shows and pop videos.
Smith’s first major solo show in a UK institution will feature a compendium of works in which he dissects the mechanisms of the mass media, recalling the work of arch satirist Chris Morris. (Neil Cooper)
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 4 Apr–Sun 4 May.
This retrospective will examine the 35-year career of Sao Paulo-born artist Hudinilson Jr, who sadly died in 2013. Spanning graffiti, sculpture, collage and performance, the artist tackled themes of queerness and sexuality in the context of a newly demilitarized society (the junta that had ruled Brazil for much of the artist’s lifetime was ousted in favour of a democratic government in 1985).
His photocopied, collaged ‘diaries’ will form the core of the exhibition, highlighting his focus on images of young, male bodies harvested from magazines and friends’ photo albums, and occasionally posed with the photocopiers themselves. (Niki Boyle)
McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, Fri 4–Mon 21 Apr.