ARTS

Rowena Comrie and Sarah Kudirka: ‘STOP.START’

Wasps presents ‘STOP.START.’, a joint exhibition from Rowena Comrie and Sarah Kudirka at South Block.

Exhibition Open: 4 Aug – 21 Sep
Mon-Fri, 9-5

STOP.START. brings together Rowena Comrie’s exuberant ‘alla prima’ paintings and Sarah Kudirka’s ‘trashed canvases’ – bold and colourful paintings made in markedly different ways.

Contemporary painters Rowena Comrie and Sarah Kudirka each show energy, spontaneity and tenacity in their mature work. Both work in Wasps studios and became friends while elected Council Members of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Comrie’s vivid style has given her an established presence in the Scottish art scene but it is Kudirka’s first gallery show in Scotland since moving to Glasgow.

There is marked contrast in what each does with paint, but there are evident synergies in their approach to bold colour and abstraction. Comrie with her highly-considered brushstrokes and squeegee swipes attains perfect-first-time colours and exquisite balance in her large paintings. Kudirka repeatedly obliterates surfaces already made, layering and removing colours, scratching, scraping and remaking before her images are done.

While neither is solely process-driven, elements of stop.start play a part in the methodology of both. Seen together here for the first time their work may seem to ask: does it change the destination if you have a plan, or not, for getting there?

Rowena Comrie

BA (Hons.) Fine Art, 1978-82, University of Reading. Lived in Aberdeen for 20 years, based in Glasgow since 2010

Has exhibited widely since the ‘90s, recent shows at Dean Clough, Halifax and Ivy Tech John Waldron, Bloomington, USA.

Comrie’s paintings are about the spontaneous expression of feelings tempered by the objective assessment of chance occurrences, identified in the Surrealist canon as ‘Objective Chance’. In her work spontaneity and deliberation are the keys to the creation of her painterly puzzles, where each mark is appraised with an aesthetic appreciation of potential expressive meaning. Expressive painting, where pigments are laid on in a single automatic application, places an importance on the moment by moment mood, ranging from fun to fury. Capturing in a gesture meaning born from a provocative tension balanced by colour and form.

 www.rowenacomrie.co.uk
@rowenacomrie

Sarah Kudirka

BA (Hons.) Fine Art, 1986-90 & MA in Sculpture Studies, 1991, University of Leeds. The Passey Prize in Art (gained under maiden name Sarah Davenport) 1990

Lives and works in Glasgow. Exhibiting in England since the ‘90s. Project Ability Research Residency and one-day installation at Trongate103 in 2018. Most recently seen at Borders and Glasgow Contemporary Art Fairs and ArtCarBoot Glasgow presented by Patricia Fleming Gallery at SWG3.

Kudirka’s work concerns the shapes and edges of stuff all around us from cities, buildings, and furniture to objects. Her work is distinctively low-tech – characterised by obliterated, incised, scratched, scraped, layered paint. She pulls things apart and builds them back up again iteratively. Her ‘trashed canvases’ bear the marks of violent intervention but to watch her working it is evidently a joyous process – noisy and fun – and the results have a tactile softness. Works in this show on canvas, linen and surprisingly a metal table, show her return to painting at bold scale (after a decade immersed in Polaroids) with the confidence to trash her work and get somewhere entirely new.

www.sarahkudirka.com
@sarahkkd

Wasps presents ‘Futures One’ from Nick Domminney at South Block

Exhibition Open: 17 July – 1 August
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

Presenting the inaugural solo show of the Glasgow based Architect. Original watercolours with prints. ‘Futures One’ is “a study in horizontal lines”, derived from the artist’s childhood preoccupation with the vast horizon and constantly shifting skies of Fifeness, the ever-changing line and its articulation.

The Alternative Degree Show Festival

Wasps is proud to be supporting the Alternative Degree Show Festival: over three months of student-led exhibitions showcasing graduate artists from the Glasgow School of Art Fine Art disciplines: Sculpture and Environmental Art, Painting and Printmaking, and Photography.

The Alternative Degree Show Festival – Part 1, 27 May – 4 Jun, The Briggait 1873 Hall

The Alternative Degree Show Festival – Part 2, 7 – 13 Jul, The Briggait 1873 HallHanson Street Project SpaceSouth Block

The Alternative Degree show is a student-led initiative that will take the form of an art festival spread across a number of venues in Glasgow. Part 1 kicks off on the 27th of May with the Sculpture and Environmental Art show. In part 1, work will be shown in the Briggait, the Wash House, Woodlands Community Garden and Mid Wharf Art and Design.

There is a large variety of work such as video, performance, large scale sculpture and installation to name a few. Part 2 will take place later on the 5th of July with the Painting and Photography show.

To secure a place at Alternative Degree Show book in tickets to each venue. This booking system is in place to ensure that we keep visitors safe by staggering entry. You will find relevant information about each venue through booking.

If you have any questions about the booking process feel free to email: altdegreeshow2021bookings@gmail.com


www.thealternativedegreeshowfestival.com

seven x seven – susan pui san lok

Wasps hosts ‘seven x seven’ from susan pui san lok, curated by Mother Tongue for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2021 at South Block and the Briggait Project Spaces

Exhibition Dates: 11 – 27 June 2021

seven x seven marks the Scottish exhibition debut of London-based artist susan pui san lok, bringing together new commissions and existing work across installation, sound, film and text. seven x seven follows her 2019 solo exhibition, A COVEN A GROVE A STAND, commissioned by Firstsite as part of New Geographies, a project initiated by the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network, co-ordinated by Wysing Arts Centre. The exhibition is located across physical sites and online, drawing together strands of enquiry into the histories and folklore around witchcraft. seven x seven takes multiple forms across multiple sites, evoking and connecting narratives of gender and persecution between the East of England and Scotland, through collective acts of voicing and remembrance as resistance.
 
Curated by Mother Tongue, for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2021 ‘Across the City’ Programme.
 
susan pui san lok is an artist and writer based in London. Exhibiting and publishing since the mid-1990s, her practice-research projects range across immersive installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in archives, memory, nostalgia, amnesia, diaspora, displacement and translation. She studied BA Fine Art and MA Feminism and the Visual Arts at the University of Leeds, going on to complete a PhD at the University of East London with Aavaa, the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive.

Selected solo exhibitions include: A COVEN A GROVE A STAND, Firstsite, Colchester (2019); RoCH Fans & Legends, CFCCA, Manchester (2016) and QUAD, Derby (2015); Faster, Higher, MAI, Montreal (2014) and BFI Southbank Gallery, London (2008); Golden (Lessons), Beaconsfield, London (2006) and Golden, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester (2005). Selected group exhibitions include: Rewinding Internationalism, Van Abbemuseum (2022, forthcoming), Diaspora Pavilion, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2018); Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Asia Time, the 1st Asia Biennial and 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015-2016); Everything Flows, De La Warr Pavilion (2012); and Cities on the Move, Hayward Gallery (1999). Publications include: visual/text essays, book chapters, journal articles and several artist books and multiples, of which seven x seven (2021) is her seventh. She is currently Professor in Contemporary Art and Director of the Decolonising Arts Institute at UAL.

spsl-projects.net    mothertonguecurating.com


EVENTS

17th June 2021 5-6pm: Please join us for an online artist talk and the launch of the artist multiple ‘seven x seven,’ in collaboration with the Courtauld and The Glasgow School of Art, online booking here.
 
20 June 2021: As part of GI Radio, tune in to hear the artist’s related soundwork, Seven Sisters (2019), audio essays by Mother Tongue and Alexandra Kokoli, and the folksongs that inspired the artist’s sound installations, Cruel Mothers/Gross Lovers (2019) and Cruel Mothers/Fine Flowers (2021).
 
Please note that there will be no physical events, including opening previews, as part of the exhibition.
 
 
VENUES
 
South Block will be open daily 10-5. Please note for The Briggait Project Spaces that there is no entry inside the venue required, work is designed to be viewed from the street. Please note that we have limited capacity entry to South Block. We will not be operating an advance ticketing system, but ask audience members to safely queue outside the venue if we are at capacity upon arrival.
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTES
 
Social Distancing: In line with Government regulations, social distancing procedures will be in place for all visitors and staff within the gallery, including restrictions on the number of visitors allowed into South Block at any one time. Covid-19 Cleaning procedures will be in-effect for the duration of the exhibition. Unless exempt, all visitors and invigilators will be asked to wear face coverings, and hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance of SouthBlock. Please note that paper exhibition hand-outs will be available at the entrance for visitors to take away with them, or can be downloaded digitally through our website and QR code.
 
Toilets & Access: Please note that there will be no toilet access for the public at either venue. South Block gallery is partially accessible to wheelchair users – the project space to the rear is only accessible via a short set of stairs. Please contact the curators for any access requirement information: info@mothertongue.se

Time Being Programme: Kirsty Palmer – QUARRY

Wasps and South Block present ‘QUARRY’, an exhibition of recent work by Kirsty Palmer.

Exhibition Open: from 30th April

Rooted in interaction with materials, place and process, Kirsty’s practice addresses ideas surrounding landscape, archaeology and materiality. It is often driven by the materials themselves; their changing states and the wider making process. Recent work considers notions of territory and landscape(s) as sites of memorial; the histories of matter observed or collected and the human narratives constructed surrounding our experiences of place, events and periods of time.

Bodies of work often present as site-specific or temporary ‘archipelagos’ of forms, surfaces and images, inhabiting a given architectural space whilst recalling an external site.

QUARRY brings together a series of objects which speak of working processes and materials inherent to both the studio and land-based environments. Individual elements, formed or reclaimed during multi-layered or labour-intensive processes, become signifiers of their associated processes, fluctuating material states and time frames.

Kirsty Palmer lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from the Master of Fine Art programme at The Glasgow School of Art in 2014, and with BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting & Printmaking in 2010. In 2020, she was artist in residence at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, supported by Creative Scotland.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Matter / Efni’, Skaftfell, Seyðisfjörður (2020); ‘LANDING’, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow (2019); ‘Of A Mountain/ Af fjalli’, Bræðraborg, Ísafjörður (2018) and ‘I S L A N D S’, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (2017).

@kirsty_palmer_
kirstypalmer.uk

Time Being Programme

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ and waiting list artist’s incredible work.

Time Being Programme: Penny Anderson – Elegant Junk

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘Elegant Junk‘, a solo exhibition from Penny Anderson as part of Wasps ‘Time Being‘ Programme.

Exhibition Open: 11th December – 10th January

Taken from a quote from the film ‘High Society’ about the objects amassed by nouveau riches bourgeoisie, ‘Elegant Junk‘ explores the artist’s recent experiences of everyday interactions, snippets of testimony and conversational interactions via small objects and laser cut text onto mirror perspex.

“It’s elegant junk!” “But it’s shiny”

Glasgow based artist Penny Anderson works with sculpture, installations, and 3D work using adapted ready-mades from Wasps South Block Studios.

Anderson graduated with Master of Letter in Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art in 2020.

Recent exhibitions include: ‘Game of Life’, ‘Essential Forms’ group show, Saltspace; ‘Grabber’ 10 Past 6. Group exhibition, Six Foot Gallery; and ‘You Never Heard Me Sing’ Not Going Back To Normal Group Show and publication, CCA.

Time Being Programme

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ incredible work. 

Time Being Programme: Alan Campbell – BATTLES

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘BATTLES‘, a solo exhibition from Alan Campbell as part of Wasps ‘Time Being‘ Programme.

Exhibition Open: 2nd – 27th November 2020

“To contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources” / battles is an American experimental group, founded in 2002 in New york city

BATTLES’ primarily comes from investigations into non-traditionally formatted ways of making. Alan challenges the tradition of work produced for a domestic setting and explores large configurations of silkscreens, composed of individual units, that can be assembled to create a variety of geometric arrangements. This permits the possibility to study scale and its relationship to a range of architectural spaces.

Alan Campbell is a multidisciplinary Artist based in Wasps – The Briggait studios in Glasgow.

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ incredible work.

Time Being Programme: Gardner & Gardner – From time to time

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘From time to time….‘, an exhibition from Gardner & Gardner as part of Wasps ‘Time Being‘ Programme.

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ incredible work.

Exhibition Open: 12th October – 1st November

‘From time to time….’, a kinetic installation by Gardner & Gardner, is a visual meditation on text found in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes. Originally written in Hebrew, sometime between the 5th and 2nd Century B.C, the ancient text lists in fourteen couplets the times and seasons of human experience. The artists have transposed the description of these times onto paper, setting them within the unifying structure and balance of a mobile, the movement of the piece causing the words to be both obscured and revealed.

Gardner & Gardner have been working together as visual artists for the last two decades. They make temporary, site-specific installations and interventions. Their work is created through a long process of consideration, distillation and paring back, involving elements of contemplation, observation and repetition of action, resulting in a simplicity of form.

www.gardnerandgardner.co.uk

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

martin irish poster

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