Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chit Chat by Ruth Barker

Conversation has been flavouring the zeitgeist lately, as I’ve been chatting to Justin Carter and Neil McGuire at Glasgow School of Art about a cross-departmental St. George’s Cross Underpass project, and attending a few conversations regarding the tentatively proposed ‘Art Park’ in Bellahouston Park. more

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tilda Swinton sparked a row after hiring controversial artist David Shrigley to promote their latest collection.

Shrigley – a former newspaper cartoonist who also directed a music video for Blur – slated fashion shows as “boring”, adding that most models live on “fluff and cocaine”.

However critics have said that the film could damage Scotland’s reputation overseas, adding that it is crude and depicts Scotland as backward.

The video has already been shown in Milan and New York, but the former Glasgow School of Art student said it was “difficult to say” what the reaction was at the fashion events.

Smith and Stewart

Stephanie Smith and Edward Stewart are Glasgow-based artists who set up allegorical situations over which they often have little to no control, but which instigate explorations of dependence and trust, the body, sex and death.

Monday, February 15, 2010

ROSS SINCLAIR: Real Civic Life

Lincoln, Darwin and The Monarch of the Glen in a Real Life Civic Portrait Painting Protest show, made in Scotland on the occasion of the 201st anniversary of the birth of Darwin and Lincoln and the 251st anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.
Angelika Knäpper Gallery, Stockholm.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Stephen Skrynka: Theatre: Wall of Death: A Way of Life

MODERN society is increasingly obsessed with safety. Billboards instruct us to wash our hands. Recorded messages on stairs remind us to use the handrail. In the Noughties, it seems, there is a lot to be afraid of. Meanwhile, Ken Fox and his family are racing 1920s motorbikes round a vertical wooden cylinder without so much as a helmet.