Kilian Rüthemann and Kate V Robertson @ David Dale
David Dale Gallery and Studios recently moved premises. From their old venue in Glasgow’s sunny Bridgeton area in the east end they moved all the way to Glasgow’s sunny Bridgeton area in the east end. Bigger and better than their previous residence, the new venue has seen most of the Glasgow art fraternity mucking in to help get it ready in time for their inaugural show.
It’s no coincidence that the first exhibition in the new gallery will be during Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts. What better time could there be to open your spanking new art venue than during the biggest art event on the city’s calendar?
The gallery has commissioned new site-specific works by artists Kilian Rüthemann and Kate V Robertson. Swiss born, Rüthemann makes interventionist work that alters the gallery’s fabric – chipping plaster off the walls to form a geometric shape, while leaving chippings in a pile on the floor; lifting a single floor board and propping it up at one end. That kind of thing.
Robertson makes sculptures that often seem bafflingly monumental, only to undermine their stature by being a bit pathetic, a bit weird or just outright fake. At Market Gallery in 2010 she exhibited what seemed to be a huge rock jammed between floor and ceiling. Impressively constructed, there was something nonetheless saddening – oddly desperate – about the sentiment of making what seemed to be a quarried rock out of aggregates and paint and then sticking it in the gallery.
Robertson will be showing recent glass works as well as a new video she’ll be projecting onto a screen made of ice, and depending on what time of day you visit the gallery the state of the ice will determine your experience of the art. As ever with Robertson, the materials she employs deliberately undermine our experience of the work, and the very fabric of her art is simultaneously its undoing. [Andrew Cattanach]