This Week in Scottish Art: 8-14 Nov

Get ready for seven days of discussion, journal launches, artist talks and readings. The main event however, is the jam-packed Friday ahead with a new show in Edinburgh and seven in Glasgow.

Article by Holly Gavin | 08 Nov 2016

Wed 9 Nov: Cities Discussion Group at CCA

Cities Discussion Group: Martha Rosler Culture Class: Part 1 is the fourth meeting of the Cities Discussion Group, from 6 to 7.30pm in the CCA’s Clubroom. Attendance to any of the previous events is not necessary, but it is encouraged to read Rosler’s text, ‘Culture Class: Art, Creativity, Urbanism, Part I’, before the event hosted by CCA Curator Ainslie Roddick.

The meeting will act as an introduction to Rosler’s multimedia work, (installation, photography, video and sculpture), addressing the histories and landscapes of the public sphere, especially those affecting women. The flaneur, mobility gentrification and the creative class will all be discussed, and Jean Luc Godard, Le Corbusier, Henri Lefebrve and Situationists International will be referenced. Come along for a public consideration of why the city is a successful construct and of artists’ responses to urban space, otherwise Rosler’s essay is an interesting read. All ages welcome, free to attend and no booking required.

Thu 10 Nov: Platform, Glasgow Science Centre and Many

Head to Platform at 6pm for an Artist Talk from Jimmy Cauty and Steve Lowe. Lowe's the founder of L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, previously a studio/publisher/gallery providing a platform for small groups of artists to support their individual and group practices and now a full time studio in Clerkenwell, London. This event is free to attend, but must be booked in advance here.

Cryptic Nights: Remote Sense, an audiovisual performance taking over a full dome, is on at Glasgow Science Centre from 8 to 9pm. Visual artist Jonny Knox and composer Darien Brito will be projecting and playing live to create an immersive and evolving environment blurring the boundaries between reality and imagination and using 21st century technology to explore artists’ inspiration. Manipulated laser scanned structures and sound will surely transport you to an alternative cosmos testing your perception. Tickets (here) are sadly sold out, but keep an eye on social media for this sounds like an event not to be missed.

Squeezer Collective (Jude Browning, Lila Matsumoto, Daphne de Sonneville and Kim W. Wilson) & Greg Thomas are exploring and presenting examples of art writing, and concrete and visual poetry from 6 to 8pm at Many, 3 Ross Street, at the Barras. There will also be a lecture titled ‘Cool Nothing: Concrete Poetry as Co-existentialist in the Poetics of Dom Sylvester Houedard’ given by Greg Thomas, researcher at the University of Edinburgh, and music from Crap as Hell DJs. This event is part of Outside-in / Inside-out poetry festival. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

Fri 11 Nov: Number Shop, Art School, Mary Mary, Modern Institute and CCA

In Edinburgh, Ed Compson's ECA Grad Awards Exhibition is opening at The Number Shop at 7pm. Compson is an Edinburgh-based artist who makes colourful geometric abstractions combining oil painting with precise laser cutting. If you can’t make it to the preview tonight, the exhibition is open from 12-20 Nov; open 12 to 5pm.

This Friday is a huge night in Glasgow, starting with the Havana Glasgow Film Festival (more information and full programme here) which opens at the Art School with three exciting consecutive events. Show up between 5.45 and 7pm for Havana Club Cocktails and the Cuban Photography Exhibition of photographs capturing youth culture in Havana compiled by Auntie Flo and Hotgem.

Next is a screening of director Oliver Hill’s La Rumba Me Llama depicting the story, history and existing legacy of rumba music and dance from 7.30 to 9.15pm. The evening closes, but the night only begins with Highlife in Havana hosted by Auntie Flo starting at 10pm and closing at 3am, which is set to get you on the dance floor with some unexpected tunes by little-known, international musicians from the four corners of the world. The photography exhibition is free to attend, book a ticket for La Rumba Me Llama for £5.50 here, and tickets are on sale at The Art School for Highlife in Havana (£5 advance and £7 on the door).

If you’d like to fill your Friday evening with gallery openings, head to Mary Mary between 6 and 8pm for the preview of Jesse Wine: Working title, not sure yet. This is New York-based Wine’s second solo show at Mary Mary of sculptures deconstructing classical form. Each piece is housed within a comic strip type tableau, which presents the work in a format that is tailor-made for viewers, but also skewed. The exhibition will run to 7 Jan (closed for Christmas from 22 Dec to 3 Jan). Dickon Drury’s The Who’s Who of Whos is also opening tonight from 6 to 8pm at Koppe Astner.

No Place like Home is opening at Telfer Gallery from 6 to 9pm tonight and runs 'til 4 December. The collaborative project between Oliver Hickmet and Elaine Tam includes a new video work by Hickmet and a commissioned text by Tam.

There are also two new shows previewing at both branches of Modern Institute from 7 to 9pm: Jim Lambie with Electrolux at Osborne Street and Shio Kusaka at Aird’s Lane. Both exhibitions run till 21 Jan; 10am to 6pm Mon to Fri, 12-5pm on Sat for Osborne Street, 12-5pm Thu to Sat for Aird’s Lane.

Finally, Uptight upright upside down is Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s first solo show in Scotland, opening tonight at the CCA from 7-9pm. The CCA’s exhibition spaces are transformed into a set with some of Chetwynd’s revisited and extended earlier works. There will be giant sculptural costumes, representations of Shunga (an erotic art tradition from Japan), scaled-up versions of collage fanzines produced as programmes for previous performances, and two performances at 7.30 and 8.30pm. Uptight upright upside down will be on view and free to visit till 8 Jan, open Tue to Sat 11am to 6pm, 12-6pm on Sundays.

Sat 12 Nov: Glasgow Project Room and Tramway

Head to Tramway between 1 to 3pm for Adult Workshop: David Sherry’s Wearable Sculptures to design, create and paint wearable sculptures out of cardboard. The current exhibition, painting by Ella Kruglyanskaya, will influence the workshop. Tickets can be bought here, £5 or £3 concession, this event is 16+.

PEAKS by Natalie McGowan and Sukaina Kubba previews from 7 to 9pm at Glasgow Project Room on the first floor of 103 Trongate. You can also visit PEAKS from the 16-19 November between 12 to 5pm.

Mon 14 Nov: CCA and Platform

The November event for TalkSee Photography at the CCA tonight from 7 to 9pm launches the journal NOTES: Letters to photography. NOTES is an artist-led journal aiming to contextualize photography practice and discourse in Scotland. Some of the content will be presented on the night, there will also be a discussion about the role of publishing journals, and the issue will be sold for £6.50 on the night and at Street Level Photoworks (103 Trongate).

Also today is your last chance to catch a taster of Banksy’s notorious Dismaland with Jimmy Cauty’s ADP Riot Tour 2016 at Platform, open from 10am to 8pm.