This Week in Scottish Art: Embassy, DJCAD & more

This week, there's a photocopier in CCA, books from the most well-known artists of the 20th century at Dundee's art college, and openings for exciting shows at Embassy, David Dale and Telfer Gallery.

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 15 Sep 2015
  • GSA Degree Show Joanne Dawson

First up this week is The Amateur Library, a curatorial project at CCA by Rosie O’Grady. As a part of this project, Photocopier delivers on its titular promise. Until this Saturday (19 Sept), a photocopier will be available, printing on demand a pamphlet by Siân Robinson Davies. It is also available between 12-1pm daily for amateur societies and the printing of zines. 

Again in the CCA and as part of a collaboration between some of the latest crop of GSA Curatorial Practice graduates, Michael Barr presents a work in the Intermedia Gallery that approaches the 25th anniversary of Cildo Meireles' attempt to install a typical Glasgow council house outside the City Chambers. The work shows until this Saturday, 19 Sept.

Staying in Glasgow, in the shopfront space Gallery Unit in the Sauchiehall Street Savoy Centre, is an exhibition of the work of Joanne Dawson. A graduate of the GSA's Painting and Printmaking course (and having featured in our rundown of this year's degree show), Dawson responds to the previous use of the Savoy as a picture house, its past decor, and its various functions including acting as a space for women and an escape from everyday life. The exhibition continues until 10 October 2015.

Next, we're off to Dundee. Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design hosts abcD (Artists’ Book Collection Dundee), with over 1500 artists' books and multiples created by international and Scotland-based artists, and in Marginalia, running until 23 September, some of the work from this collection is showcased. Featured artists include renowned 20th century artists Valie Export, Carolee Schneemann, Andy Warhol, and Marcel Duchamp among others.

This Thursday sees the opening of The Drowned World, an exhibition by Charlotte Cousins. Generally, Cousins’ film, photography and sculpture look towards in-between spaces whether that’s within “reality/the imagined”, “the ephemeral/thestric and designed”, or “the reflective/the absorbent”. Taking place in the Laurieston Arches, it’s a one-night only show, from 5-7pm this Thursday (17 Sept).

In their Merchant City space this Friday, Glasgow's Telfer Gallery present the work of Charlie Godet Thomas in his first Scottish exhibition, To be is to do, To do is to be, do be do be do. Seeing art and writing as often distinguished from one another, this exhibition offers an alternative in the practice of Godet Thomas, who makes use of writing as proving strategies for making. As such, the exhibition features Godet Thomas’ works which variously incorporate fiction and poetry.

Down the road a bit into the East End, David Dale Gallery present Plebeian Archive, by Hardeep Pandhal. In the exhibition, Pandhal displays large wall drawings of Bhagat Singh, an activist who went incognito by cutting his beard and substituting a trilby for his turban. Also included is a reworked video of a discussion session taking place in Pandhals’s studio, “incorporating nonlinear modes of address, parodic language and home movies.” Previewing between 7 and 9pm on Friday, the exhibition continues until 25 October.

Over in Edinburgh, Friday sees the Embassy graduate show – entitled 'Would you like help?' – with work by Edinburgh sculpture graduate Aled Haywood and painting graduate Jordan Pilling exhibiting with GSA Painting and Printmaking graduates Gary Zhexi Zhang and Joanne Dawson. Between them, there’s interest in a deconstructive approach to sculpture, a poetic filmmaking, a critical use of graphic icons and a rigorous site-specificity. The exhibition continues until 4 October.

On Saturday, Grace Schwindt – whom we spoke to ahead of her Tramway show earlier this year – will in the CCA for a free but ticketed transmission from the Shetland Islands of three opera singers and an ensemble of musicians who “will send a call about love and death - for all those who care to listen”. As well as the CCA, there will be live listening stations in Leeds, Scarborough and Berwick-upon-Tweed. You can also call 0113 320 1440.  

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