Monday, October 31, 2011

Meet the Turner Prize Nominees: A Q&A With Scottish Artist Karla Black

GATESHEAD— The Turner Prize exhibition is now on view at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, with the winner of Britain's most prestigious art award to be announced on December 5. In the run-up to the jury's decision, ARTINFO UK offered a set of questions to each of the shortlisted artists — Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd, and George Shaw — so we can get to know them better. This week we spoke to Karla Black. Artinfo

David Shrigley: 'With a cookery show I can deal with eating and killing'

"It's weird, really weird actually," says David Shrigley, sitting in his studio at home in Glasgow. The 43-year-old artist is attempting to explain a recent trend where people are having his crudely rendered, darkly funny drawings tattooed on their bodies and sending him pictures. He uploaded some on to his website, only for more snaps to come in. Then, earlier this month, he spent a day in a shop window in Liverpool scribbling directly on willing subjects with a sterile pen – free of charge, no design repeated. They could then cross the road to a tattoo parlour and have it inked in for good. The Guardian

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva: A Feast for the Eyes: Food as Fine Art

London’s swanky Pied à Terre restaurant is notable for many reasons - namely the food, which has been the toast-of-the-town for twenty years, with a variety of gourmet dishes that are works of art (and taste) themselves. But some of the most unique culinary creations aren’t relegated only to the table: glance up at the walls, and you’ll see a month’s worth of fish dinners arranged into artful sculptures and installations adorning the dining room, and cleverly ensconced elsewhere throughout the venue. The staircase is lined with scallop corals, quail carcases embellish the walls of the upstairs bar, and those captivating white orbs arrayed on the skylight just happen to be sheep testicles. MutualArt

IT WRITHES: This weekend @ The Glue Factory!

Join us at the Glue Factory for a Hallowe’en party that damns your soul and burns your sorry remains in the bowels of our infernal warehouse! We have summoned the dead nags of Glue Factory past to help us brew a boiling cabaret hoof vat with live performance, installation and other inhumane activity taking place throughout the building. From the firey voodoo swamp of gut churning blues and hell leather rockabilly to the slashfest techno prison and (just a)live music throughout the night we’ll have something depraved in every sordid corner! Produced in association with our friends at 85A.

James Stephen Wright
Jamie Clements
Jim Colquhoun
Drew Taylor
Anna Tanner, Jamie Bolland & Louisa Thornton
Michelle Hannah
Dominic Samsworth
Robbie Thomson
Sven Werner + Graeme Miller

The evening's festivities are produced in collaboration with 85A
Doors: 9pm
Tickets : £5 Advance (available Art School union)

Bill Bollinger @ the Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery is proud to present this major exhibition of the work of American artist Bill Bollinger (1939–1988), one of the most important artists of the 1960s. A work of art historical rediscovery as well as an exhibition of great power and beauty, it brings an artist once mentioned in the same breath as Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse and Fred Sandback back for serious reconsideration. more.........

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Adrian Searle: 'It's confusing. But it's the Turner prize' – video

Hilary Lloyd's flickering screens, Karla Black's crumbling craftwork and Martin Boyce's wonky rubbish bin blend sculpture, video art and installation in a new and unsettling way –but it's the quiet poetry of George Shaw's don't-care England that rises above it all. Guardian art critic Adrian Searle passes his verdict on the Turner prize 2011

Art review: Turner Prize 2011, Baltic, Newcastle

This is a melancholy show, from Martin Boyce’s windswept library, in which a few leaves from his 2009 exhibition for the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale appear to have blown in with the draught, to George Shaw’s paintings of boarded-up shops. Film-maker Hilary Lloyd looks at the moon and Karla Black, who represented Scotland in Venice in 2011, has presented a beautiful room of painterly sculptures, which seem elegantly faded and purposefully tentative, as well as characteristically exuberant. Scotland on Sunday

Apparatus 22

26 Oct 2011, 6pm
Wed Night Open Forum
Mack Lecture Theatre, The Glasgow School of Art
Free admission

As part of the GSA's Wednesday Night Open Forum series comes a night of discussion on the work of Apparatus 22, a loose group of artists and researchers interested in the 'critical potential of clothing and fashion' and exploring long-term concerns about fashion's disposability. 

Apparatus 22 was initiated in spring 2011 after a reconfiguration process of the cutting-edge fashion label Rozalb de Mura (2006 – early 2011). Olah Gyarfas is a permanent guest of the collective. The group explore the crossovers between art, design and fashion, focusing on themes such as the critical potential of clothing and fashion, the long-term concerns about fashion's disposability, mixing fiction with reality, and blurring the lines between genders. Apparatus 22 often stage work as performances or art installations. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Karla Black In Focus


A closer look at Turner Prize 2011 nominee Karla Black

Although officially dubbed a sculptor, Black’s exhibited work seems to defy classification, simultaneously occupying the regions of painting, sculpture, and performance. Upon passing through a maze of fragile polythene and paint-cracked curtains, the viewer is met with a monumental mountain range constructed out of crumpled sugar paper that fills the room. These contours are sensually coloured in pastel hues.  ArtLyst

Friday, October 21, 2011

S v EA It’s art, not sport – no-one should win, says prize favourite

THE Scottish artist whose soaring career has turned her into a favourite for Britain’s biggest art prize said yesterday she would “go away and hide” if she won. Sculptor Karla Black claimed that forcing nominated artists to compete with one another for the Turner Prize ruined their work by treating it like sport, and said she didn’t believe any artist should be chosen as winner. Scotsman

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Seven-strong art-rock group Muscles of Joy - interview

The phrase ‘art-rock’ is a much-abused one, but in this case it seems appropriate. Each of the seven members of all-female Glasgow group Muscles of Joy is a practicing visual artist in their day jobs, most having previously attended Glasgow School of Art, and their sound is not what you might call unadventurous. While there’s a certain punk-rock rawness there, a lot of their songs are characterised by tonal experiments and playful vocal and musical motifs which straddle the boundary between the viscerally accessible and the avant-garde. List

Gateshead Installs Turner Prize 2011

The Tate and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will open its doors to the press and public later this week for the Turner Prize 2011. The four artists who have been shortlisted this year are busy installing their work and the press pack preparing themselves for the long journey from London, where they have been covering Frieze week, to Gateshead where the next big event on the art calendar is located this year.

The artists Karla Black (SEA), Martin Boyce (SEA), Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw are diverse choices representing Painting ,Sculpture,Video and sound art.  Artlyst

Glasgow's Turner connection

This week, the work of all four shortlisted artists goes on show at the Baltic, Gateshead – and two are Glaswegian: Martin Boyce (EA), whose sculptures do fearful things with modernist interior design; and Karla Black (S), who uses lipstick, pastel-coloured candles, eyeshadow and sugar paper as her materials. Artists based or born in the city who have been shortlisted in the recent past include Jim Lambie (EA), Christine Borland (SEA), Cathy Wilkes(S), Lucy Skaer (EA) and Nathan Coley(EA). There have been two further winners in Douglas Gordon (EA) and Simon Starling. Guardian

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kandinsky in Govan?

A Centenary International Conference on the Ideas Expressed in

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

by Wassily Kandinsky (1911)

In Govan, Glasgow, Scotland

weekend 21-23 October 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Family Show at Mono

Helen Shaddock: Strength in numbers

A solo exhibition by Helen Shaddock at The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow, G1 5HZ

Exhibition Preview: Thursday 6th October 2011. 6pm- 8pm. Exhibition runs : 7 - 30 October 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

Martin Boyce: Urban Legend by Andrew Cattanach

Martin Boyce is one of two Scotland-based artists nominated for this year's Turner Prize. Showing at the Baltic, Gateshead, from 21 October as part of the prize's annual show, we hear how the venue, the city and design have impacted on his work. Both Martin and Andrew are graduates of SEA. more