Friday, 19 September 2014

Alan Michael at Tramway

Alan Michael at Tramway
Preview Thursday 25 September 7 - 9pm

The routines of research and generic reference points provide material for Alan Michael’s (MFA 1998) paintings and photo-based works. Often using the formats of Photorealism and Pop Art, Michael casually represents a type of practice where distortion is the equivalent of development, presentation is content and the ritual of work itself is materialized
For Syn, Alan Michael presents a new series of works based on dreams and which, in the words of the artist, "refer to nothing outside of themselves - there isn't a code".
Exhibition runs until Sun 26 October.
Image: Alan Michael, Quiche, Kookai Aime le Qui,, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Vilma Gold, London / High Art, Paris

Matthew Richardson

Satellites Programme, Collective, Calton Hill,  Edinburgh

Matthew Richardson

20 September – 2 November

Matthew Richardson (MFA 2012) has produced a new, short, single-channel, HD video for Collective’s temporary exhibition space. This has been integrated it into the space by mounting a flat-screen monitor that displays the work directly onto the gallery's window. Working here with digital animation, Richardson exploits the backdrop of Calton Hill and more obliquely a subjective and political landscape.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Conor Kelly at Intermedia

Do You Feel Like We Do? presents a new body of work by Glasgow-based artist Conor Kelly. For Intermedia, Kelly has produced work that embraces the enchanted origins of painting and points to the social potential of the art object in a de-materialised 21st century. 

Fri 19 September — Sat 4 October 2014

Tue - Sat, 12noon - 6pm, Free
Preview: Fri 19 September, 7pm-9pm

350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

A Big Stick of Confidence

The human nose can detect a trillion different odours, some of which will be featured at A Big Stick of Confidence, a scent-based installation by Canadian artist Clara Ursitti at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia. The exhibit, which is jointly presented by the Science Center and the Monell Chemical Senses Center, will run September 4 – October 18, 2014.

Ursitti is intentionally mysterious about the exhibit. She prefers that gallery goers experience A Big Stick of Confidence without pre-conceived notions about the exhibit. “It’s like a psychology experiment,” she explains. “You wouldn’t tell the volunteer subject what is going to happen to them before they go into the experiment as it colors their experience and ruins the experiment!”

A Big Stick of Confidence responds to the unique space of the Esther Klein Gallery, and is informed by the time Ursitti spent over the past year at the Monell Center, where she worked with world-renowned olfactory scientists Pamela Dalton and George Preti. Ursitti has been working with scent since the early 1990’s, and is recognized as a pioneer in the area, creating pungent installations and interventions. She is interested in non-verbal (chemical) communication, the non-visual senses, speculative fiction and memory. Her work often incorporates situation and context.

Ursitti has exhibited widely internationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards including IASPIS (International Artist Studio Programme in Sweden); Scottish Arts Council Award; Wellcome Sci-Art Grant; Helen Chadwick Fellowship at the British School at Rome and the Ruskin School, University of Oxford. She is presently the recipient of a Canada Council Long Term Artist Grant, and was included in the survey exhibition Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. She is currently based in Glasgow, Scotland where she is a lecturer at Glasgow School of Art. For more information about Clara Ursitti, visit