ARTS PROGRAMME

Poly Chroma – Brittney Wenham

0001-51Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘Poly Chroma‘, a solo exhibition from Brittney Wenham.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 28th February, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues: 28th February – 24th March

This body of work explores the ambient inner dance of the artist. By employing abstract, organic shapes and colours, Wenham layers washes of paint to conjure somatic experiences and introspection of self and sexuality. Her acute sensitivity to colour is, in part, gleaned from synesthesia; deep-rooted pain stemming from her struggles with disease provokes the recognition of these sensations as colours. Wenham is interested in unearthing this duality – beautiful, and yet agonising – in her compositions, striking a balance between peace and chaos, pleasure and pain. She is adherent to art’s faculty to transform pain into beauty and she uses the canvas as a withdrawn space for self-reflection; a means of transcending inner struggle and saturating the surface with the pursuit of the sensual.

Artist Statement

Brittney Wenham is an American abstract painter living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. At the centre of her work is a passion for process, discovery, and instinct. Her art is concerned with the perception and recollection of the sensory, with an approach suffused in intuition, responsiveness and the preoccupation for colour, texture and composition. Using an array of media including acrylic paint, spray paint, gouache, ink, pastel, and charcoal, she evokes sensual emotion in an immediate and biomorphic manner.

Wenham is interested in the connection between the inner and outer landscape, particularly as it applies to the exploration of the environments she inhabits – within her own body, in the natural world, or in the city. Nature is an enduring source of inspiration; the colours, the textures, the sheer quality of the air become permanently ingrained in memory, a visual vocabulary by which deeply personal environments are formed.

www.brittneywenham.com

 

GRADVIS – Martin Irish

GRADVIS – Martin Irish

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Exhibition Opening: Friday 31st January 6-8pm
Exhibition continues: 3rd – 21st February, Mon-Fri, 9-5

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘GRADVIS‘, a solo exhibition from Martin Irish. Martin Irish is an artist tenant at Wasps Inverness Creative Academy, and we are excited to showcase his first exhibition in Glasgow.

As shimmering forms become transformed by the extremes of a frozen landscape, orderly and random textures, opaque and transparent structures encapsulate this new physical geography.

This work explores the beauty of the loss of animation from liquid to a solid state found in frozen pools. Some of the work shows a subtle interpretation of this landscape while other works take a bolder more dominant role. These later pieces become deconstructed to the extent that the meaning has shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By adding abstraction Irish attempts to increase the dynamic between viewer and painting.

With a pertinent thought process behind the work , the idea of the expected and the unexpected colliding is key, not knowing exactly the direction the piece of work in production might lead entices the artist.

Artist Statement

“My work takes me on a journey, a journey of discovery that immerses deep within myself existing as a thought, an idea. This idea can then go through many stages of development, underlying textures, the advance/retreat of paint layers. Erasing a layer of paint from a textured canvas can reveal a new direction for the work. Working in an array of media, gesso, artex, acrylic, oils, spray paint the images are created to evoke emotions in a nonlinear fashion.

Bold or subtle, each form their own conclusion; I invite the viewer to draw their own conclusion, what they see is their own personnel experience.”

www.martinirishart.co.uk

Where has all the Light gone? (A Tinpot Opera) – Mark Campbell

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Wasps and South Block are delighted to present a solo exhibition from Mark Campbell.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 13th December, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues: 13th December – 21st January

Where has all the Light gone? has its origins in both Mark Campbell’s 2010 Glasgow International exhibition ‘A God given Light’ (Jelevision) and his 2012 woodcut show at Glasgow Print Studio ‘Jelevision’.

Campbell is interested in the “propaganda messages” that he believes children can be subjected to though various channels, particularly through manipulated media such as Television (Jelevision) and social media. In both ‘A God given Light’ (Jelevision)’ (2010) and ‘Jelevision’ (2012) Campbell explored the notion of nurture and growth in young people through creating a full size stained-glass greenhouse, etched and fired with imagery.

While the light in a greenhouse would usually fall to germinate seeds, Campbell’s images on the greenhouse panes filtered the light, disturbing the greenhouse’s main purpose of germination and growth, rendering it obsolete.

Leading from these ideas of nurture and growth, ‘Where has all the Light gone’ (A Tinpot Opera)’ reimagines the world as an Opera where despotic Tinpot rulers govern, risen to power through manipulated media. In this series of paper works, Campbell devises this world. Using recognised modern symbolism in constantly evolving collaged cut paper, he presents his criticism of the various ways he sees young minds being shaped.

The works exhibited in ‘Where has all the Light gone’ (A Tinpot Opera)’ are intended as a prelude to a future series of ceramic sculptures.

www.popadot.com

Abstracts – Ian Macpherson and Ernesto Vaz

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Exhibition Opening: Friday 15th November 6-8pm
Exhibition continues: Monday 18th November – Friday 6th December

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘Abstracts’ from Ian Macpherson and Ernesto Vaz.

Ian Macpherson and Ernesto Vaz are graduates of Glasgow School of Art currently operating out of Wasps Gallowgate Artists Studios, East Campbell Street, Glasgow. Both have long-standing involvement within the Glasgow visual art context and both are currently engaged in the production of abstract drawing, printmaking and painting.

Ernesto Floriano Vaz
“The themes and preoccupations of my recent paintings have been an exploration of the idea of the colour field, realised in a variety of painting media.

My current fascination is with the immediacy versus the subtlety of colour and its ability to express emotion and provoke response. A concept of healing with colour to promote balance, health and happiness underpins my process.”

Group and solo exhibitions include: Compass Gallery, Gallowgate Artists Studios, ScotlandArt Gallery, Glasgow School of Art

Ian Macpherson
“My current creative activity may be described as a visual manifestation and distillation of intellectual and intuitive thought, finding physical form and movement on the flat surface.

A reaching for and expression of the largely verbally inexpressible, full of concurrences and contradictions, occupying a field where potentially anything can happen, where intellect and instinct are immersed in the existential flux of becoming, disintegrating, changing.”

Group and solo exhibitions include: Fruitmarket Gallery, Talbot Rice Gallery, Glasgow Print Studio, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow School of Art

 

ernesto_vaz@ntlworld.com |  ian1macpherson@btinternet.com

 

Transit: An Exhibition by William Moulding

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Exhibition Preview: Friday 11th October, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues: 14th October – 11th November

Wasps and South Block were delighted to present Transit, an exhibition by printmaker William Moulding.

William Moulding started his career as a Visual Arts Practitioner, working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Peacock Visual Arts and many other establishments delivering workshops and classes to various private, community and school based projects around Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

For the last 7 years he has been working offshore as a Hydrographic Surveyor/Engineer on various survey and construction Vessels in the North Sea and around the world. His laptop, tablets and sketchbooks become his studio while away from home.

When back on shore, William makes full use of the workshops at Peacock Visual arts, in concentrated periods of time. The drawings and ideas generated whilst away from home are starting points for work that is a celebration of colour, form, drawing and mark-making; balancing the spontaneous with order and exploiting process.

Transit:

  1. The transition of the work in response to change.
  1. Periods of time spent in transit travelling to and from Vessels and through water in field.

 

williammoulding.com

Stuart Kerr – DRAWN STEEL

 

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Exhibition Preview: Thursday 5th September, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continued: 6th – 25th September

Wasps and South Block were delighted to present Drawn Steel, a showcase of illustrations marking a decade of work by Stuart Kerr for his client Kobelco (Kobe Steel). In 2009 Stuart teamed up with client Aki(yoshi) Takamura to illustrate the cover of the bi-monthly magazine that is shared with the company’s 40,000 employees.

Stuart’s style is technical but loose, helping to soften the industrial subject matter. As Aki says, “it even looks Modern Ukiyo-e* which takes on a near-future look”.

Whilst living in Japan, Stuart met Aki by chance when cycling in Osaka in 2006. No details were exchanged and they each carried on their separate ways. Following this first encounter, Aki unexpectedly stumbled across Stuart’s blog and discovered his talent for drawing. Aki soon reached out to Stuart to discuss the potential of working together on a magazine that he described as “larger than the best selling cycling magazine in Japan.”

Kobelco has 218 subsidiary companies spread across Japan and the wider world. The use of a European illustrator helps underline the global ambition of the company.

The original scenes for these drawings are all sourced from locations within Japan. Every two months, Aki shares photos from these sites for Stuart to reference. Three sketch concepts are typically proposed and one is then chosen to be taken through to completion. Final sketches are usually in dip pen, scanned and digitally coloured using Photoshop.

* Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries

Stuart Kerr is an illustrator, best known for his depiction of the mackerel on the RBS £5 note.

He is also the owner and director of Stuco, an exhibition design studio working with clients such as National Museums Scotland, National Library of Scotland, The Hunterian, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Power, Interface and Electrolux.

1997 BA (HONS) Product Design, Glasgow School of Art

Past Forward: Stories of Urban Scotland

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Wasps were delighted to be showcasing Historic Environment Scotland‘s ‘Past Forward – Stories of Urban Scotland‘, a touring exhibition, shown in two of our Wasps buildings: Inverness Creative Academy over June and South Block, Glasgow in August.

Exhibition open: 2- 26 August, weekdays 9am-4.30pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm, Free Entry

Explore Scotland’s urban past and the places that matter to community groups around the country in this free digital exhibition. Climb Ayr’s tallest tower, test your skills in the first skate park to be added to the National Record of the Historic Environment, and see Arbroath Abbey as it was in medieval times all in the one place.

Since 2014, Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP) has been helping people all over the country to explore the stories behind the urban places they love best.

SUP has worked with thousands of people sharing skills, from photography and oral history recording to using maps and undertaking surveys.

Past Forward – Stories of Urban Scotland celebrates this work with an interactive journey through the history of Scotland’s towns and cities, allowing you to experience some of the nation’s secret urban spaces without leaving the exhibition.

Find out more on Historic Environment Scotland’s website

UZ Arts Presents: Artists at Sura Medura Sri Lanka 2019

uz arts sura medura poster - july southblockWasps and UZ Arts were proud to present Artists at Sura Medura 2019 – their international artist residency in Sri Lanka.

Exhibition Preview: Monday 1st July, 5.30-7.30pm
Exhibition Continues: 2nd – 30th July, Mon-Fri, 9-5

Sura Medura is an International Artist Residency centre in Hikkaduwa, South West Sri Lanka. It was established in 2011 and offers funded and self funded opportunities for artists in all disciplines from Europe and beyond.

It continues the artistic programme of the Chandrasevana Centre that was established by the Hikkaduwa Area Relief Fund in 2005, providing support for the local community after the Tsunami of 2004.

Artists Maria McCavana, Pippa Taylor and Sue Hill originated in different artistic practices, but all worked with drawing and painting in their response to the environment and community of Sri Lanka during their six week residency in February 2019.

 

www.suramedura.com
www.uzarts.com

IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER

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Wasps and South Block are delighted to present IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER a solo exhibition of recent work from Jonathan Wade.

Open: 6th – 28th June
Closing event: Friday 28th June, 6-8pm

The work in the exhibition reflects on the influence of personal memories and important developmental moments. Recollections might be specific, vague or incorrect, but powerful and formative on expression and personality.

Jonathan Wade is attracted to situations and things that express ambiguity, transience and coincidence. Perception and interpretation are equally important.

Wade is fascinated by many materials but ceramic objects have been the centre of his practice for a long time.

www.jwadeceramics.co.uk

Project Ability X GSA

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A show displaying the collaborative works of GSA students and Project Ability artists.

Open Tuesday the 14th of May from 1pm.

Exhibition continued until Thursday the 23rd of May.

Exhibiting artists: Michael Earll, Michael Starke, Amy Di Rollo, Harris Burnett, Jonathan Mckinstry, Issy Arnold, Susan Breckenridge, Judith Abubakar, Alison Campbell Glass, Paul Connelly, Almudena Rocca, Dylan Esposito, Richard Anderson and Simon Mcauley.