GENERATION By Night - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Sep 2014
Golden Teacher and Optimo enhance a celebration of contemporary Scottish art
We’ve already awarded a well-deserved five stars to Modern Art One’s strand of the GENERATION project, which celebrates the past 25 years of contemporary Scottish art. Our reviewer on that occasion was especially impressed by Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 Hour Psycho’ and Smith/Stewart’s ‘Breathing Space’, among others – to their list we’d add Charles Avery’s intricately constructed large-scale illustrations, Simon Starling’s degraded ‘Burn Time’ dollhouses, Ross Sinclair’s room-sized astroturf-and-taxidermy installation ‘Real Life Rocky Mountain’ and – appropriately, given tonight’s beats-driven ambience – Torsten Lauschmann’s disco-like installation ‘At the Heart of Everything A Row of Holes’.
Those beats are provided in the rear garden by JG Wilkes and JD Twitch aka Optimo, accompanied by a light show that transforms the exterior walls of the gallery into an artwork itself. It’s right that, in considering a quarter-century of contemporary Scottish art, these vanguards of the dancefloor are providing the soundtrack. And just as GENERATION celebrates rising talent alongside established artists, Optimo’s stalwart club experience is matched by the electro-Afro-disco sounds of Optimo Music signees Golden Teacher, whose energetic live show rounds off the evening.