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

Elpida Vasileva – Friday Event – Site – Place – Context – 20th January 2012

Elpida Vasileva is a sculptor and installation artist, she works extensively with animal matter, particularly animal skins and the beauty in them. Vasileva graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1996, her degree show was Re-evolution (1996). Vasileva placed a large live scotts pine in the Mac building. The tree ran up the entire … Continue reading

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

Garnet Hill Laundrette – Site – Place – Context – Tuesday 10th January 2012

As part of my research into our new brief I took some photos of the local laundrette. The brief asks us to explore the local community and look at how the community interacts with the area and what people make up the community. I really like the idea of a laundrette as everyone is equal, … 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

Glasgow’s Turner Connection – The Guardian – G2 – Monday 17th October 2011

Over the past few years, there has been a distinctly Scottish flavour to the Turner prize. Last year, the winner was Glasgow-born Susan Philipsz, for a sound installation she created in the seedy, dank shadow of a bridge over the Clyde. The year before, it was Richard Wright, for his intricate, painstakingly made wall paintings; he did his masters … Continue reading