Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say – Gillian Wearing – 1992/1993 – Site – Place – Context – 2012

Gillian Wearing OBE is a well known conceptual British artist, a lot of her work uses the British public exploring issues in society and how people represent themselves. In her piece Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say she asked members of … Continue reading

Homeless Vehicle Project – Krzysztof Wodiczko – Site – Place – Context – 1987-1989

Wodiczko is an artist most well known for his large scale projections onto public monuments, he is quite political and often projects images that radically change the meaning of the building creating what he calls a ‘counter-monument’. However Wodiczko has also created works of art that he calls social actions. Speaking of his project the Homeless … Continue reading

paraSITE – Michael Rakowitz – Site – Place – Context – Monday 16th January 2012

paraSITE is a project by Michael Rakowitz looks at using art in a practical sense, so as a solution to the housing crisis in cities worldwide. This is an example of environmental art that uses community and social issues Parasitism is described as a relationship in which a parasite temporarily or permanently exploits the energy … 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

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

This is Lili 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

Press to Paper – An Exhibition of Printmaking – Project Ability – Trongate 103 – Friday 9th December 2011

Press to Paper offered a great insight into the world of printmaking, displaying a range of techniques and styles. The exhibition was created by Project Ability a group that helps disadvantaged people to access creative skills, through workshops, site visits and practical advice. There was a really good variety of pieces, in many different tones … Continue reading

Gordon Matta-Clark – Object to be Destroyed -December 2011

Gordon Matta-Clarke is an artist and architect. Matta-Clark focuses on the concepts of the French deconstructionist philosophers and the Situationists, from them he focuses on the term  detournement, or “the reuse of pre-existing artistic elements in a new ensemble.”. From this Matt-Clark created the idea of an object to be destroyed, this means that much of … Continue reading

1st Year Painting & Printmaking Exhibition – GSA – 7th December 2011

The First Year Painting & Printmaking exhibition offered a really interesting insight into the diversity of the department and year group as a whole. There was a clear range of influences on show from Francis Bacon, Goya to Matisse. It was great to see what people in another department were interested in, particularly in relation … Continue reading

Martin Boyce wins Turner prize 2011 – The Guardian – Monday 5th December 2011

Martin Boyce receives £25,000 award, confirming Glasgow’s indelible importance to Britain’s art world Martin Boyce’s installation Do Words Have Voices is displayed at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. Photograph: EPA With his quietly atmospheric, lyrically autumnal sculptural installation recalling a melancholy urban park with its metallic trees and scattered paper leaves, Martin Boyce has … Continue reading

Andrew Miller – You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink – You, Me, Something Else – GOMA – Forum for Critical Inquiry – 2011

It is hard to look at Andrew Miller’s work, You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink, without being reminded of Michael Craig-Martin’s seminal piece, An Oak Tree (1974). Craig-Martin’s work similarly contained a glass of water, however his sat on a glass shelf. He used the semiotic argument that … Continue reading