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Glasgow International : On the fringes

Another sub theme in the GI is the strong desire to mine the archive…and preserve cultural material.

A collection of historical works from the American artist and activist, Emory Douglas’ time with the Black Panthers is exhibited at the Kendall Koppe…

The launch of Alan Kane’s book documenting the photographs and clippings on the walls of a Glasgow institution – the Val D’Oro restaurant in Trongate  (just around the corner from The Modern Institute). Its not only the material in this archive of Glasgow and the Italian family who own it, but the way it has been displayed and catalogued on the cafe walls that is of interest and presented in this publication by Kane.

Back at The Modern Institute, Toby Webster has put together an exhibition from Paul Thek’s notebooks. This is a real gem in the GI program, a beautifully crafted exhibition of writing, drawings and found images that  has a lovely sense of intimacy about it. Also on exhibition at the Modern Institute, Peter Hujar’s photographs of Paul Thek and his studio, appear so fresh and relevant  – all up a rewarding interlude…

 

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

Paul Thek, Glasgow International 2012

 

 

Then  we were off to Ruth Ewan’s The Glasgow’s Schools project, housed in a Macintosh school building.  It was a little out of town and we were not sure what we going to be seeing… Its a wonderful archive of pamphlets, notes, interviews and the like, and again, very thoughtfully presented, describing the principles and practices of Glasgow’s Socialist Sunday School movement which was a secular alternative for many generations of Glaswegian kiddies. We liked the petition to give kids fresh milk and make the galleries and museum’s free!

 

Ruth Ewan's The Glasgow's Schools project

Ruth Ewan's The Glasgow's Schools project

Ruth Ewan's The Glasgow's Schools project

Ruth Ewan's The Glasgow's Schools project

Ruth Ewan's The Glasgow's Schools project

Ruth Ewan's The Glasgow's Schools project

 

We discovered Henry Coombes’ compelling film at the House For Art Lovers (Macintosh inspired), actually the gardeners sheds nearby, a terrific location and site for his work I am the Architect, This is not Happening, This is Unacceptable – a magical hallucination set inside the mind and work of the ‘architect’ who finds himself in the menacing and strange world of ‘art’.  This terrific black and white film, with its nod to early Bauhaus costumes, theatre and films, plus movies such as The Fountainhead, Dr Caligari’s Cabinet and the architectonic aesthetics of Fritz Lang et al. is one of those happy discoveries – an oedipal drama and artistic showdown, a bit nutty and nicely strange and deranged – we loved Henry Coombes.

Henry Coombes, Film still from I Am The Architect, This Not Happening, This is Unacceptable, 2012

Henry Coombes, Film still from I Am The Architect, This Not Happening, This is Unacceptable, 2012

Henry Coombes, Modernist Marcella in her modernist living room, Film still from I Am The Architect, This Not Happening, This is Unacceptable, 2012

Henry Coombes, Modernist Marcella in her modernist living room, Film still from I Am The Architect, This Not Happening, This is Unacceptable, 2012

Henry Coombes, The Rat, Film still from I Am The Architect, This Not Happening, This is Unacceptable, 2012

Henry Coombes, The Rat, Film still from I Am The Architect, This Not Happening, This is Unacceptable, 2012

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