Grayson Perry – The Vanity of Small Differences – Victoria Miro Gallery – London – 8th August 2012

Grayson Perry recently made a Channel 4 documentary series titles In the Best Possible Taste.┬áThis series explored the British class obsession and was divided into three parts, the working class, the middle class and the upper class. For each class Perry went to stay with people and explored the fashion and design decisions that seemed … Continue reading

Lewis Biggs – The City as a Patron – I am the architect, this is unacceptable, this is not happening – Artists’ Strategies for Working in Public: Learning from Practice – Symposium – House of an Art Lover – GI Festival – Wednesday 25th April 2012

INTRODUCTION – Art is not solipsism, it is a social activity. Art only becomes art when there is a dialogue in place therefore it must be social. – The relationship between the patron and the artist is a social exchange as both parties have needs and/or resources. Patrons and artists need a dialogue as councils … Continue reading

The Making Of Us – Graham Fagen, Graham Eatough & Michael McDonough – Tramway 1 – GI Festival – 2012

Graham Fagen’s new work in association with the National Theatre of Scotland explores the relationship between an audience and a live event. The piece consists of a film set where performances take place with actors and a film crew and the audience become enforced ‘extras’. When the performance is not taking place there are various … Continue reading

Anna Barriball – The Fruitmarket Gallery – Edinburgh – 14th February 2012

Anna Barriball is a contemporary artist that works in London. Her work often explores the lines between sculpture and drawing, therefore her work often uses practices associated with drawing to create something that could be considered sculptural. For example Barriball uses paper and pencil to create three dimensional forms through insistently pressing the pencil into … Continue reading

Roger Ackling – Gallery I – Ingleby Gallery – Edinburgh – 14th February 2012

Roger Ackling is often classed in the Land Art movement with artists such as Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. He graduated from St Martins School of Art in the late 1960s and worked with a group of artists in the 1960s challenging the traditional notions of sculpture. This formed the land art ideals that a … Continue reading

Andrew Miller – Gallery II – Ingleby Gallery – Edinburgh – 14th Febuary 2012

Andrew Miller is a Glasgow based artist and a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Sculpture & Environmental Art course. Miller’s work often deals with the concept of form and function and the ambiguity that surrounds it. As a result Miller rarely focuses on medium but more notably the purpose of an object. Miller … Continue reading

Brain Activity – David Shrigley – The Hayward Gallery – Southbank – Saturday 4th February 2012

The latest David Shrigley retrospective is a well curated, amusing and most of all highly intelligent collection of works. Shrigley is a very well known artist yet this is his first retrospective. Many critics and people struggle with Shrigley’s work and many reviews of this exhibition have questioned whether it is acceptable to laugh at … Continue reading

Reprographic – The Old Hairdressers – Exhibition – Sunday 15th January 2012

Reprographic is an exhibition of new photographs by a group of young artists, living or studying in Glasgow; it includes work from those studying Fine Art – Photography at the Glasgow School of Art. The exhibit displayed a wide variety of work and photographic styles, however all the pictures were in black and white. One … Continue reading

Gayle Chong Kwan – The Obsidian Isle – Street Level Photoworks – Friday 9th December 2011

The Obsidian Isle is the latest exhibition by Gayle Chong Kwan, it documents a fictional island off the west coast of Scotland on which reside one country’s lost and destroyed buildings and places. The exhibition consists of large scale photographs which show Kwan’s imaginary settings which he has created. The scenery is beautifully crafted and … Continue reading

Lili Reynaud Dewar – Some Objects Blackened and a Body Too – Mary Mary Gallery – Friday 9th December 2011

This is┬áLili Reynaud Dewar’s first show to focus on herself, she usually focuses on her family or with a series of performers. The show is meant to play on the expected whiteness of certain materials, polystyrene, plater and ceramics. She also used burnt plinths to exhibit her work. This asks the viewer to question how … Continue reading