Sunday, 3pm. Eric Watt’s collection of selected fragments of city lives in Coming Into View, spanning several decades, an exhibition curated by Isobel McDonald and Alison Brown, today coalesce in the surround-sound of Kelvingrove’s organ recital. In a celebration of both Watt and Glasgow, portraits of ‘St Andrew’s Suspension Bridge’, in the damp of an all-too-familiar smirring rain, and girls with umbrellas traversing glistering tarmacadams, rivers of shining light (‘Kingston Umbrellas, 1960’), segue into street-kids sheltering from a ‘Rainy Day’ and echoey images of the Clyde with its tidal eddies (‘Fairfield’s Yard, 1965’).
George Lakoff writes of metaphors, understanding and experiencing one thing in terms of another, that they are a form of “embodied thinking”, a discursive tool by which abstract concepts, thoughts and feelings are grasped and understood through the concrete and the everyday. Sometimes addressing traumatic events not directly, but at a slant, defamiliarizes in very insightful ways. And so it is with Derek Robertson’s thoughtful exhibition, Migrations: A Field Study of Adversity, which employs the conceit of birds migrating—their lines of flight across borders, the dangers attendant on their journeys, their vulnerabilities, and also their will to survive against the odds – to address some of the difficult issues around the plight of refugees from which we, in our comfortable homes, might routinely avert our gaze.
Located in the Crawford building, the Textiles corridor warmly welcomes visitors. In front of large open windows, Alexa Gibson’s immersive sculpture Mellow in Yellow invites visitors to stand amongst her brightly designed, hanging textiles. The eight-foot-high pieces of fabric have been mono-printed in various intensities of yellow hues. Natural light cascades into the room and lands on the sheer fabric, activating the electric yellow, radiating a warmth that Van Gogh himself would be envious of. Visitors joyfully walk between the fabric as through trees outside; a moment of contentment usually found outdoors has been brought to life inside.
Between the 21st and the 29th of May 2022, we once again come together to celebrate the work of the graduating art students of DJCAD. Each student has created works that inspire and challenge our response to the world around us.
DJCAD Art, Design & Architecture Degree Show 202221 – 29 May 2022 The Duncan of Jordanstone Art, Design and Architecture Degree Show returned amidst much excitement this weekend following a two-year pandemic hiatus. Now accompanied by an online version, this showcase of graduating student talent is staged within DJCAD’s studio and exhibition space, organised into three Read More
“Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown”, Virgina Woolf’s manifesto for a new kind of fiction, starts with a small, seemingly innocuous figure who teases her, “Come and catch me if you can”. A General Practice presents a tableau vivant of brief encounters between doctor and patient in a clinic in the forgotten back streets of an unnamed French city, “tucked away behind a row of bargain shops and fast food outfits”. In its imaginative attentiveness to place, suggestion of character, and its sensitivity to the passing of time, the world that we enter in these pages is luminous with the lives of those forgotten, ignored or made invisible.
To shout ‘I love you’ from the rooftops seems such a 70’s thing to do but that’s exactly what one student living in Dundee’s Hawkhill did for his girlfriend around 1970. Joseph McKenzie (1929-2015) immortalised the romantic gesture in a black and white still that inspired the title for this exhibition. The student painted his Read More
The Aberdeen Artists Society’s (AAS) exhibition, Coming Home, was due to take place in June in the newly refurbished Aberdeen Art Gallery to celebrate the society’s return to the gallery for the first time since 2014. The AAS, one of the longest established artist-led organisations in Scotland was formed in 1827 and began holding annual Read More
‘Ideas are to objects as constellations are to the stars’ is a quote from Walter Benjamin’s Trauerspiel explored by duo-team, McLoughlin and Williamson, in their mesmeric multi-media installation exploring space – words which could just as easily be interpolated for all of the Fine Artworks on display on the sixth floor. Sophie Hymers’ postcard landscapes Read More
Once again, the students of Interior and Environmental Design have shown that their discipline cannot be written off as one that prioritises surface-level decoration and soft furnishings, with a range of works highlighting the essential connection between the interior and external environment for the improvement of our quality of life. The works on display range Read More