Highlights from Glasgow Open House 2015
Venues at this year’s art festival include Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s home and the Shipping Container Bothy
All the Benefits of Being Outside Without Having to Endure the Elements, Christopher Macinnes
Glasgow’s art community throws its doors open for another DIY festival. After a successful first year in 2014, this year’s programme continues to move art from conventional venues into other creative locations across the city, from disused buildings to homes and living rooms.
Held over the first long weekend in May, here’s some of the top picks from Glasgow Open House 2015.
CHAR NAH! HOR
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (2012 Turner Prize nominee), Jedrzej Cichosz and their son Dragan Cichosz will transform their home in Glasgow’s Southside by drawing, printing, painting and adding collages onto the walls, whilst leaving the rest of the space as it normally is. Some rooms will be decorated in the Arts and Crafts style, others will be influenced by 1960s action painting.
2/1, 493 Victoria Road. Open: Sat 2–Mon 4 May, 2–6pm; plus Mega Hammer performs Sat 2 May, 8–10pm
MONEY M€AL Flat 1
MONEY M€AL is an evening event based on our complex relationship with money. An all-vegetarian menu will be served for willing guests, with food made to look like cash. Based on the ethos of Death Cafe, a reproducible event on the subject of death in a cafe environment, Glasgow’s CH£APSKATE artist Ellie Harrison will lead a discussion exploring what she calls ‘the money system’.
The WASPS Factory 77 Hanson Street. Open: Sun 3 May, 5–7pm
A range of artworks will be on display in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens by artists Leo Arnold, Mikey Cook, Alex Kuusik, Sharif Elsabagh, Fionn Duffy, Abigale Neate Wilson, and Josie Rae Turnbull, which respond to the site’s former relationship with the textile industry. Within the garden’s Arboretum (which was used as bleach and print fields until the 19th century), works on paper and fabric produced in a series of workshops prior to the exhibition will be united as a large-scale installation.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road. Open: Fri 1–Mon 4 May, 10am–6pm
This experimental installation in The Glue Factory’s cavernous warehouse space is inspired by soundscapes and imagery from the recent Rosetta comet landing. Curated by Jo Tomlinson and James Farlam and featuring work from Kenny Love and Rosanne K Davidson, these four artists have collaborated across mediums to create an immersive environment using physical forms, moving image and audio components.
The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street. Open: Sat 2 May, 7.30–10pm; Sun 3 & Mon 4 May, noon–6pm
‘Yard’ is a structural installation by artists Hannah Brackston and Daniele Sambo, occupying the front garden of a tenement building. This transient structure takes the form of a micro botanical glasshouse which grows out from the front of the occupants’ flat into the garden beyond, which the two artists have described as ‘parasite architecture’.
Hill Street. Open: Sat 2 & Sun 3 May, noon–4pm (also visible from the street in daylight)
Structural Proposition ≥ Sensible Reasoning
Collette Rayner and Robyn Benson explore the tension between the proposition, representation and the actual. Both artists have created work that focuses on the success and failure of the Diagram and Model in demonstrating ideas and forms. A careful balance between creating for ownership, demonstrating craftsmanship and asserting knowledge in three dimensional design is explored.
The Shipping Container Bothy, The Walled Garden, Sawmillfield Street. Open: Sat 2–Mon 4 May, noon–6pm
'Below, the other things we can talk about'
This features specifically produced works by Glasgow-based artists Eileen Daily, Ariane Jackson and Lauren McGhee who create an immersive, light-based installation of video and objects in a small, blacked-out basement. Their use of projected light within the darkened space provides a framing device as well as becoming an integral element of the installation.
0/2, 2 Willowbank Crescent, Glasgow. Open: Sat 2–Mon 4 May, noon–6pm
Sam Dransfield, Christopher MacInnes, Stephanie Mann and Aymeric Tarrade have created an interactive installation which dismantles and reorders the sculptural fragments of a bedroom. The show will exist in a perpetual state of rearrangement, adjustment and amendment via online open-source curation to explore issues surrounding virtual realities and the ways they affect our engagement with physical realities.
1/2, 46 Bentinck Street. Open: Sat 2–Mon 4 May, noon–6pm
The Ken Dolls
The Ken Dolls plays with the theme of domestic consumption through painting, film and performance. Using the domestic nature of their home, artists Rosie Roberts, Rachel Frances Sharpe and Andrew Houston will subvert the traditional tea party or cocktail evening to create a Brechtian performance, filled with a variety of unsettling backdrops and archetypal characters that exist only as pictorial or sculptural motifs.
230 Kenmure Street. Open: Sat 2 May, 7–9pm; Sun 3 & Mon 4 May, 11am–5pm
The Plinth is a living-room gallery which has been up and running for almost a year now, allowing individual artists to create works centred around one small plinth. The rules have been expanded here, so that four recent graduates Michael Sacco, Andrew Sim, Hannah Reynolds and Fiona Beveridge will have a plinth each, which they’ll use as a creative site for exploring elements of their own practice.
1/2, 31 Windsor Terrace. Open: Sat 2–Mon 4 May, noon–6pm
Get full details at glasgowopenhouse.co.uk
Glasgow Open House, various venues, Sat 2–Mon 4 May. GOH Opening Party, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, Fri 1 May.
Glasgow Open House Art Festival
Emerging and established contemporary artists who live in Glasgow open the doors of the city's domestic and disused spaces, to reveal a program of exhibitions, performances and events.