ARTS

RCW Studio: Deep Space Travel

RCW Studio is a mixed media design company run and owned by Robin Christin Wood. Already a well-established full time public artist with a long portfolio for outdoor artworks sited all over the UK, these new works are completely separate direction to his previous work.
This first solo show is a collection of works made over the last three years. Initially with a long standing background in illustration, technical drawing, sculpture and woodwork RCW Studio explores several new variations in design using new techniques and materials and now showcases a highly diverse show of mixed media art. 
The new artworks use photography, collage, stencils, paints, spray paint, recycled materials and locally soured timber. The need to produce these has been a need create artworks that reflect the world we live in with elements about the environment, human nature, politics but with as much satire as possible, as well as these there are many other pieces essentially abstract and pop art would be what best describes the bulk of the work. 
Along with sculpture and wall art for inside and out one of the major items added to this list is a new range of seating ideas as pop art furniture ideally suited to gallery/exhibition/public or private spaces which can also sit outside. Deep Space Travel Showcases just three designs made to date with several other prototypes of other variations and designs in the making and as detailed sketches. Note on show are technically 3 fully working prototypes.
As much I would love to highlight the many other public art projects, awards, articles etc from 20yrs of works I want this to be a completely new separate entity and direction.
 
As a completely self-taught outsider artist Robin taught himself to illustrate from childhood starting by copying arsterix and tin tin books, then influenced by likes of Escher and Foss with a love of detail as well as street art and album cover art from hypnosis and early 60’s 70’s poster art and nature which early on found a love and connection with being just outdoors especially in forests and woodland which drew me first to working with wood and the infinite possibilities that are inside a piece of timber. 
Right now I have a burning desire to design and create these new forms of artworks and this I feel is a natural progression, I have something to say about the world we live in and the love of colour, form and tactile functional art and hope you enjoy these first few pieces on show. 
info@rcwstudio.com
Instagram: @rcw.studio  

Susie Dalton: Personally I Would Never Do That

Date: March 3 – March 24
Time: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Opening Event: Thursday 3 March, 6 – 8pm

‘Personally I Would Never Do That’ is the debut solo exhibition of artist Susie Rose Dalton, winner of the Leith School of Art Wasps Award 2021. Susie’s ceramic-based art practice uses simple and thoughtful ways of working with materials to put form to tender experiences. ‘Personally I Would Never Do That’ showcases new work, taking a playful and sensitive approach to exploring the space between fixed states of being.

Dalton’s award-winning artwork ‘Flare’ will also be on show, comprised of 459 photosensitive porcelain tiles featuring irreversible records of the light in the artist’s living space over lockdown.

Movement workshop led by multi-disciplinary artist Ashanti Harris set in ‘Personally I Would Never Do That’ – Friday 11 March, 3.30-5pm

Susie Rose Dalton

Education

Contemporary Art Practice (Leith School of Art, 2020/21), Ceramic apprenticeship (Cromarty Pottery, May – August 2017), Archaeology MA Hons 1st Class Degree (University of Edinburgh, 2014)

Awards

Emerging Artist Bursary, Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards, Edinburgh City Council, Winner of the Leith School of Art Wasps Award 2021, 30 Under 30 Inspiring Women in Scotland 2021, Young Women’s Movement Scotland, Shortlisted for Create Award, Hearsay International Audio Art Festival 2021 (in collaboration with audio producer Katie Callin), ‘Very Special Mention’ in Miranda July’s International Covid Arts Festival 2020

Press Coverage

Featured in The Independent, The Irish Independent, and The Evening Standard

Selected Exhibitions

Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition 2022, Royal Scottish Academy (January 2022), Contemporary Art Practice, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (July 2021), With/Out Boundaries, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh (April 2019)

susierosedalton.com

Alisdair Dimmick: Lagoon

Exhibition Open: February 9 – February 25
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Private view: February 11, 6pm-8pm

Often dreamy, sometimes nightmarish, ‘Lagoon’ is a photographic body of work using double exposure techniques to create surreal compositions.

“It was following a trip to a family friend’s house in Crail, Fife, that I first really engaged with the technique of double exposure photography. Very shortly after my return home to Glasgow, the country was placed into its first lockdown and in the wake of this, much of my work as a Graphic Designer was put on hold. In need of a creative outlet to occupy my mind and time, I began making my own double exposures, which eventually gave rise to ‘Lagoon’, my source of solace during lockdown, and now, exhibition.

Harriet Selka: Bones

Wasps presents BONES, an exhibition from Harriet Selka at South Block.

Exhibition Open: December 17 – February 8
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Private view: December 16, 5pm-8pm

Bones is based on a collection of recently re-discovered newspaper cuttings, photographs and memories from 1995, when Harriet was front page news worldwide for breakthrough fertility preservation treatment in an infant cancer patient. Viewing these old records through the lens of today, Harriet has amalgamated the hope and celebration of the time with the pain and uncertainty of struggles that all young adults face. Many of these images have triggered memories of experiences and stories of the time in the artist’s mind.

This collection of paintings explores themes of fertility, hope, uncertainty and gender. Sometimes the work explores these themes in obvious ways, for example a literal translation of the contradiction of a page 2 article in the Daily Star on fertility preservation of an infant long before she knew the significance or meaning, with an angelic innocent photograph alongside, next to a page 3 girl in all her glory. Sometimes the themes are explored in more subtle ways, such an abstract representation of the twisted, confusing, hopeless, hopeful, celebration of the physicality of the artist. Each piece tells a different story and together the collection allows the artist to take control of her own narrative.

Artist Statement

People and the spaces they inhabit are at the core of Harriet’s artistic practice. A body movement, a vulnerable private moment, or the way someone occupies a space often inspires the beginning of a painting. She seeks to record emotion, energy and truth.

Harriet is currently exploring societal expectations of young adults through her perception of how she fits, or doesn’t fit into these conventions. Harriet is taking ownership of her narrative through these paintings.

As a survivor of childhood cancer, Harriet is acutely aware of the fragility of the human condition. There is a conflict between Harriet’s desire to evoke strong emotion and her fear of exposing herself which creates an emotive tension. The conversation created between subtlety and vigour in Harriet’s mark-making suggests a precarious sense of fragility. What is left unspoken offers space to reflect and imagine.

2021 | Figurative Art Now, Federation of British Artists / Mall Galleries | SSA Contemporary Figures, Scottish Society of Artists | Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, Series 8 contestant | Splint, studio of David Mach RA, London, UK
2020 | The Essential School of Painting Scholarship, awarded for The Bigger Picture | Harvest with West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, Ireland
2019 | Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, selected artist | Fresh Zest (Solo Show), Pop Up Edinburgh, 17 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, UK
2018 | Scottish Portrait Awards, selected artist (also selected in 2017)
2017 | Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award, winner

www.harrietselka.com | @harriet.selka

Pim-Pam: BACKSP!N

Wasps presents ‘BACKSP!N’, an exhibition from Pim-Pam at South Block.

Exhibition Open: November 24 – December 13
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm

The second in a series of exhibitions, BACKSP!N is an exhibition inspired by table tennis, in collaboration with the Drumchapel Table Tennis Club (DTTC), a registered charity in Scotland.

The project showcases over 60 table tennis paddles designed by artists, designers and illustrators from across the UK — as well as one dedicated table design for the show. All work is available to buy via silent auction, and all proceeds go to the DTTC. 

Featuring work from:

Beautiful Materials, Craig Black, Alex Bowie, Martin Boyce, Ray Campbell Lupton, Ursula Cheng, Paul Daly, Design Weans, Caragh Docherty, Robert Donegan, Anna Dunn, Form, Freytag Anderson, Ilka, Introducing, Robert Kelsey, Jason Kerley, Stuart Kerr, KMG, Michael Mackay, Ishbel Mackenzie / Dust Studio, Roddy MacNeill, Marcus Marritt, Luke McCarthy, Ellen McLean, Jodie McLernon / Terrazzo & Titz, Rachel E Millar, Lorna Mulhern, Need, Siobhan Ogg, Ben John Oliphant, Raissa Pardini, Reuben Paris, Frank Quitely, Ashleigh Robertson, Stephen Rossi, Niall Smillie, Lana Smith, Lorraine Smith, Stckmn (Chris Wilson), Gillian Stewart – Juju Books, Braw Talent, Barry Thomson, Andy Tomlinson, Want Some Studio, Where Giants Roam, Chris Whyte, Daria Zapala

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