Saturday 23 April, 10am-1pm

‘Thought Things’ is a workshop conceived by Edinburgh-based artist Stephanie Mann for Glasgow Sculpture Studios and examines concerns that loosely unite the individual practices of Alisa Baremboym and Liz Magor in the exhibition ‘You be Frank, and I’ll be Earnest’; thinking about the area between object and image, the interaction of the organic and the inorganic, and an intensive exploration and understanding of materials.

Considering how the artists’ works invoke distinct emotional and physical reactions, participants will be guided by Mann to consider the unstable character of objects, ideas and human beings, and explore how information is shaped and translated. 

As a starting point, the workshop will explore ideas of the ‘gut feeling’ as an instinctive collector of stimulus and will begin with a tour of the exhibition. Participants will then work together to generate a bank of imagery through play and surrealist making techniques. Following this, participants will then individually respond to the material collectively generated by producing a sculptural object and abstract text and documenting their arrangements by using their bodies in the final assemblages.

Stephanie Mann’s work uses every-day, familiar objects and commodities to create abstract pictorial assemblages that play with our sense of what those objects are commonly used or known for. It disregards the objects’ natural hierarchy to focus upon their decorative, material and sensory qualities, combining natural and artificial imitation, the industrial and hand-made. Whilst Stephanie’s work is inherently sculptural, her practice occupies the space between two and three dimensions, sharing much in common with the history of painting, and predominantly that of the still life. Colour, texture, surface, composition, the layering of fore-and background, and the relationship between, and the arrangement of, objects is paramount to her work.

Free but ticketed, please book a place via the Eventbrite link:
Suitable for ages 16+

This workshop is part of Glasgow Sculpture Studios Learning & Engagement programme and is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. 

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Alisa Baremboym ~ Liz Magor: You be Frank, and I’ll be Earnest is open at Glasgow Sculpture Studios from 8 April—4 June 2016.