gareth moore

Blocked Arch, Deferred Ceremony, Dawn Chorus
Tra-diddle da. Like a fly in slow suspense

04 April – 07 June 2014

Glasgow Sculpture Studios announces an exhibition of new work by Gareth Moore in three parts.

Intro: street-found plastic bag curtain hangs over gallery entrance

Part one: two thresholds are blocked forcing the natural flow of things to be radically altered – one made from wood that has been submerged in the canal for one hundred and fifty years and one made from historical Scottish bricks.

Also: animal food pigment pillars

Part two: a ceremony waiting to take place composed of a series of hand-made instruments, an effigy, garlands and other items to be used sometime in the future.

Also: a series of clay-head funeral vessels made from unfired clay dug up from the local claypits.

Part three: a musical composition comprised of noises made by numerous domesticated animals, to be played out over quite a few minutes, a number of hours, several days and some weeks, in accordance with the perceived human understanding of animal time.


Epilogue: a limited edition record will be produced after this exhibition ends.


Gareth Moore was in residence at Glasgow Sculpture Studios from January until April 2014, where he spent time exploring the area that immediately surrounds the building – principally the Forth and Clyde Canal in North Glasgow that runs parallel to where the Sculpture Studios is situated.

Through Moore’s wry performances and complex ephemeral sculptures, he consistently blurs the lines between everyday activity and art. He applies a process orientated methodology to his practice and as such his works are very often site-specific, and typically made using unorthodox or discarded materials. By using such materials he seeks to acknowledge the margins of authorship within the production of a work of art, as well as examine the value and meaning within these. By inviting the audience to question what is around them by bringing the unnoticeable to the surface, he subversively examines the habits of daily life (both in the present and from the past) and the ever-changing environment that surrounds us.

These ideas continue to be a strong presence in his latest exhibition, where a variety of different narratives intermingle with one another, creating a perspective on the landscape local to Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

Gareth Moore was born in Matsqui, BC; he lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Recent solo exhibitions include Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2013), Allocthonous Window, Vancouver Art Gallery (2013); a place, near the buried canal, commissioned as part of Documenta 13 (2012); Rocks on a Clock, Some Photos of Ducks, A Collection of Masks and a Post to Touch,Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin (2009); Selected Chapters from Uncertain Pilgrimage…, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2009); CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; (2008); Gareth Moore: As a Wild Boar Passes Water, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Sobey Art Award, MOCCA, Toronto (2012); Montreal Biennial (2011); It Is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2010); Nothing to Declare, The Power Plant, Toronto (2009); Every Version Belongs to the Myth, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2009); Sentimental Journey, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2009); Nomads, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2009).

Gareth Moore’s Residency and Exhibition is generously supported by Glasgow International 2014, Creative Scotland’s Quality Arts Programme, Outset Scotland, The Henry Moore Foundation and The Elephant Trust.