Thursday 30 September 2010

Tacita Dean / The Common Guild / Media Release

Tacita Dean
20th November 2010 — 5th February 2011 (Preview 20th November 3-5pm)
21 Woodlands Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6DF

The Common Guild is delighted to announce a new solo exhibition by Tacita Dean, her first in Scotland for over a decade.
This rare exhibition presents a selection of recent works that can be seen as still lives, using imagery of various natural forms, including trees and neolithic stones or ‘dolmens’, and focussing on the gradual processes of growth, transformation and demise. The exhibition includes the film ‘Prisoner Pair’ (2008),'Painted Kotzsch Trees'(2008) and one of her 'Floating Dolmens'(2009).
Though primarily known for her 16mm film installations, Dean’s work ranges considerably in both subject and medium, with drawing a significant and enduring component. Central to all of the works in the exhibition, and her practice in general, is an acute awareness of time and the weight of history that accompanies it. She invites us to linger in the scenes with which she presents us, often drawing us to the archaic or the near obsolete. Using the still life as a means of observing temporality Dean’s work often acts as a memento mori, reminding us of our own mortality, and the endurance of nature.
Dean often removes objects from their conventional context by literally blacking, or whitening, out extraneous information, or encouraging extended examination through close-up footage and the illusion of real-time documentation. Using editing to control the viewer’s perception of the subject, Dean occupies an area between sensual experience and forensic dissection, demonstrating her ongoing interest in the relationship between reality and fiction, and the subjective nature of history.
This exhibition of displaced objects explores space and time in a visual language that is almost sculptural. As curator Massimiliano Gioni has written; “I’ve always thought of Tacita Dean as being the Richard Serra of vision: her images are as dense and heavy as gigantic sculptures.”
The exhibition at Woodlands Terrace will be accompanied by special off-site screenings of Dean’s recent, and highly acclaimed, remarkable film Craneway Event at Scottish Ballet on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th  December. The film was made with legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham shortly before his death last year. This will be the first UK showing of this landmark work outside London. There will also be a series of exhibition talks at Woodlands Terrace. Full details will be available on the website in October: <> .

Exhibition open
Wednesday - Friday 12 noon – 7 pm, Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm and by appointment
Closed from Sunday 19 December 2010 – Tuesday 4 January 2011 inclusive.
For more information and images, please contact Kitty Anderson:
T: +44 (0)141 428 3022

1. Tacita Dean was born in Canterury in 1965, she lives and works in Berlin. Dean has exhibited widely over the last 20 years including notable solo exhibitions at Fondazione Trussardi, Milan and ACCA, Melbourne (both 2009) Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin (2007), Schaulager, Basel (2006), Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2003) and Tate Britain (2001). Dean has also exhibited in many prominent group exhibitions including ‘The Enlightenments’ at the Edinburgh International Art Festival (2009), the Folkestone Triennial (2008), 27th Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil, the 15th Biennial of Sydney, Australia and the 4th Berlin Biennial (all 2006). Dean won the Hugo Boss award in 2007 and was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1998.
2. The Common Guild is a visual arts organisation based in Glasgow. It was established in 2006 and presents a dynamic, international programme of contemporary visual art projects, exhibitions, and events. These include gallery-based exhibitions at our current premises as well non-gallery, one-off projects, talks and collaborations. We are committed to presenting artists’ work in interesting and engaging ways and aim to offer access to world-class contemporary art experiences and discussions. The Common Guild is a not-for-profit visual arts organisation, receiving Flexible Funding from Creative Scotland

3. The Common Guild’s temporary home at 21 Woodlands Terrace is a grand, Victorian townhouse to the west of the city centre next to Kelvingrove Park. Exhibitions take place over two floors, including a unique library, designed by artist Andrew Miller, which includes a selection of Tacita Dean’s books and catalogues

Kitty Anderson - Communications Manager
Visual arts: Projects / Events / Exhibitions
Current exhibition:
'Words and Music'
4th September - 6th November 2010
21 Woodlands Terrace, Glasgow G3 6DF
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Wednesday 29 September 2010

James Hugonin Exhibition

2 October - 20 November 2010

Opens: Friday 1 October, 6 - 8pm
Artists Talk: Saturday 2 October, 12 noon

For the past 22 years James Hugonin has made just one painting each year. From his studio in the Cheviot Hills, in the border country between England and Scotland, Hugonin works constantly on these intense evocations of colour and light, comprised of thousands of tiny coloured marks fluctuating across the surface. Not surprisingly, exhibitions of his work are rare, and so we are pleased to be  celebrating the artist’s 60th birthday by presenting a survey of his six most recent paintings, alongside two early works that first began this current series over twenty years ago.
Untitled (I), now in the collection of the Arts Council of England, was begun in 1988 and since then Hugonin has completed a total of 18 identically sized and structured paintings, all of which had the same starting point; a grid made by scoring lines with a silverpoint wire into the surface of a gessoed board. The gradual change from painting to painting is determined by the way in which the way in which the grid is filled in with strokes of colour: from the almost colourless glazes that made paintings of luminous translucency in the early years, to the increasingly bold and solid pigments that fizz across the surface of the most recent paintings.
The analogy to music is clear: each painting is a balancing act of rhythm and pace and gentle movement. Since 2002 Hugonin has even written a score for each work before making the first mark: not a precise set of rules, but more an organic document that recalls the notation of composers such as Morton Feldman and Philip Glass. As Michael Harrison (director of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge) has observed “the paintings carry with them that pace, that slowness, that sense of time. They ask us to slow down, and to look, and to settle as we would to listen to a piece of music, allowing time to take effect – to acknowledge that, for all their quietness and stillness, our relationship to them is one of continual change”.
Untitled (I) and Untitled (II) will be shown together in the smaller gallery (Gallery II), with the six most recent paintings Untitled (XIII) to Untitled (XVIII) grouped together in Gallery I. In showing these works together this exhibition explores the remarkable and somehow dramatic shift in Hugonin's practice over the last 20 years, despite the inherent understated quality of the works.

A 68pp casebound book will be published to celebrate the exhibition at a special exhibition price of £20


Artists Talk
Saturday 2 October, 12 noon
James Hugonin will be in conversation with Richard Davey, author of James Hugonin, The Nature of Colour: Similarity and Difference.
Free, no booking necessary

Film Club
Saturday 30 October, 3pm
Black Sun (Gary Tarn, 2005), as chosen by James Hugonin, will be screened at Ingleby Gallery.
Free, to book a place email subject line FILM

Tuesday 16 November, 7pm
Peter Gregson, cellist, will perform a programme of music in response to the exhibition including works by Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Steve Reich
           Free, no booking necessary
Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC009201 

PREVIEW/// This Friday 6-8pm: CULLINAN RICHARDS Cooper Gallery


 2 October – 4 December. Cooper Gallery, DJCAD    
Preview series:
First Unaffected [1] 1 October, 6-8pm
Unaffected Formal [2] 29 October, 6 -8pm
Effects Last [3] 26 November, 6 -8pm

The Scottish debut of Cullinan Richards at the Cooper Gallery, DJCAD.
The London artist duo Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards have been working together since 1998. First known as Artlab, then as Cullinan Richards they have produced and exhibited numerous works which utilise and reinvent conventional art forms including painting, performance, and sculpture. These works create an in-between-state that deals with support structures both real and conceptual, questioning the position of the art work and the formality of an exhibition.

To maintain an early crucial strand in their practice to make 'sculptural platforms' to show their own work and that of other artists, Cullinan Richards have constructed a large sculptural light box entitled 'Savage School Window Gallery'. Placed in the front window of their studio in Vyner Street in London, the light box displays invented texts by themselves and invited artists. The 'Savage School Window Gallery' will travel to Dundee and be in residence during their exhibition at the Cooper Gallery.

Cullinan Richards' first Scottish solo exhibition at the Cooper Gallery: First Unaffected Unaffected Formal Effects Last will consist of paintings, sculptures and exhibition previews. The artists will employ a number of techniques to call attention to the finality of an exhibition and undermine the apparent contract of an opening.
Cullinan Richards have exhibited widely internationally, including The Whitechapel Gallery, Mead Gallery, South London Gallery, Mobile Home Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Seville, Daniel Spoerri Foundation Italy, Whitstable Biennale, Kunstmuseum Lucerne Switzerland, and Charles H Scott Gallery Vancouver CA. Cullinan Richards will show work at the British Art Show 7, opening in Nottingham in October 2010.

"The collaborative duo Cullinan Richards make installations that look like studio art labs. All the media of fine art are touched upon – painting, sculpture, photography, film, drawing – yet these tend to be arranged as if in a workshop of cultural enquiry, with references to historical contexts and hints of the autobiographical.''
- Robert Clark, The Guardian, 15 August 2009

"(In Cullinan Richards work) Symbolic and allegorical meaning is repeatedly implied in this work but may not amount to more than a fascination with the imagery of female recklessness and daring. But the proof of the work is not in its imagery; it's in an endlessly inventive and heedless practice of making and transformation that overwhelms all reference." —Barry Schwabsky, Artforum, May 2008

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