Monday, 21 August 2017

MFA archive of graduate work updated

The MFA archive of graduate work has been updated and redesigned

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sam Ainsley solo show at An Tobar Gallery


Sam Ainsley
An Tobar Gallery
16 September - 25 November 2017
An Tobar Gallery, Tobermory, Isle of Mull. PA75 6PB.
Artist, teacher, curator and advocate for Scottish art, Sam Ainsley taught for twenty-five years at the Glasgow School of Art, including five years in the groundbreaking Environmental Art Course. Subsequent to this she was the co-founder of the GSA's Master of Fine Art course with Roger Palmer, Sandy Moffat and John Calcutt. The list of alumni for her time as a teacher (Douglas Gordon, Claire Barclay, Nathan Coley, Christine Borland, Ross Sinclair etc) could be seen, to a large extent, to define Scottish contemporary art. In addition to time served in education, she has continued to work as an artist, exhibiting internationally. Her influence and ongoing contribution to art and education, has been recognised this year through her election to the Royal Scottish Academy and with a prestigious Saltire award as one of Scotland's outstanding women.

Sam Ainsley has chosen An Tobar gallery in Tobermory as the venue in which to present her first solo exhibition in Scotland for thirty years. Set in a small harbour town in the light and space of the Hebridean Isles, this choice of location seems to reflect the content of her paintings as contemplations of scale from the microscopic to the geographic which she terms "from the micro to the macro". Her images are an exploration of the human relationship with the world and with the experience of living. Notions of human existence are scrutinised and re-formed visually through multiple themes, nature, landscape, the human body, politics and feminism, in an ongoing process that she has described as "emotional mapping".

The intimate nature of An Tobar's gallery lends itself to artists presenting exhibitions of multiple two-dimensional works, enabling them at the same time to occupy the space to form a single installation. Taking full advantage of the gallery's high walls, what the artist gives us here is a unique painted environment. This will include shaped and grouped canvasses climbing from low to high across the room and a red painted wall with a five metre square drawing that imagines islands which reference Madeleine de Scudery’s  ‘Map of Tenderness’. A map of an Arcadia where the geography is all based around the theme of love.

"An Tobar is delighted to have the opportunity to present this exhibition of new work by one of the most influential figures in Scottish contemporary art. The themes of many of these paintings are powerful and deeply personal referring to the vulnerability and fears that are so much a part of human life. Sam Ainsley has put in a tremendous effort and produced 45 canvasses for the exhibition, the energy within the work is almost tangible."
- Mike Darling (curator)  @ComarArts  @AnTobarExhibits 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Catalina Barroso-Luque presents eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Please join us at the preview;
Thursday, 10th of August 7pm-9pm at Pipe Factory

Catalina Barroso-Luque presents eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, a narrative sound installation, focusing on how the body, the mind, and technology become entangled within inter/intra-personal relationships.
The piece is inspired by research and interviews held between the artist and her brother regarding his use of GECI viruses to map neural networks, the artist’s own experience of working within a hermetic studio, and the possibility of slipping into the voices in one’s head.
Framed within The Pipe Factory’s characteristic state of frozen disrepair, the work plays with the permeable boundaries of physical and psychic architecture exploring the desire to become-with an other, the machine, and space. Within this, narrative is used to navigate inter-subjective experiences through the construction of spaces of imaginary projection and fantasy.
Catalina would also like to thank Victoria Chen Wei, Isobel Lutz-Smith, Paul Aitcheson and Mark MacQueen for their help.

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee is kindly supported by the Glasgow Sculpture Studios Graduate Fellowship Programme, Platform and the Glasgow Visual Artist & Craft Maker Award Scheme.

Catalina Barroso-Luque is the current recipient of Glasgow Sculpture Studios MFA Graduate Fellowship. The annual MFA Graduate Fellowship Programme is awarded to an artist from Glasgow School of Art’s Master of Fine Art course who demonstrates artistic excellence and a commitment to maintaining a studio-based, contemporary sculptural practice.
After a year-long residency at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Catalina will present A Loving Aneurysm, a performance at Glasgow Woman’s Library, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, a narrative sound installation at The Pipe Factory, Glasgow and Dry Rotting Bodies exhibition at Civic Room, Glasgow.

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