Scottish Art Highlights: January 2020

New exhibitions at Tramway and an exciting programme around DCA's latest exhibition feature in this month's art round-up

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 08 Jan 2020
  • Jeanne Tullen

Two new exhibitions open in Tramway this month, the first coming from artist France-Lise McGurn (from 18 Jan), whose descriptive lines span the floor, ceiling and walls, as well as canvas. In the painting-drawings she intuitively makes, limbs and bodies overlap and interact, suggesting 'intimacy, ecstasy, sexuality, violence and loss.' We interviewed her back in 2015 for her show in Collective in Edinburgh – read that interview here.

Later in the month, Hardeep Pandhal opens Confessions of a Thug: Pakiveli, as he mashes together the title of an Orientalist writer’s pulp fiction from 1839 and a spin on 2Pac’s alias Makiveli. Across video, drawings, painting, sound and sculpture, Pandhal’s sometimes disturbing, sometimes funny cartoon style slides between layers of controversial histories and disputed identities. The exhibition opens on 25 January.

Jeanne Tullen is In Transit in the CCA from 11-30 January, as she share the GIFs and performances she makes in dialogue with selfie and Snapchat culture.

Throughout January, there is also an exciting programme of events in Dundee Contemporary Arts as they expand on their current exhibition, Seized by the Left Hand. Building on the renowned work of sci-fi fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin, a workshop on Radical Transfeminism takes place on 18 January, followed by a reading group and a roundtable on 20 January. Read our interview with the exhibition's curators, Eoin Dara and Kim McAleese, from December's issue.