the transparent tortoiseshell

The transparent tortoiseshell and the un-ripe umbrella

23 January – 05 March 2016

Glasgow Sculpture Studios presents The transparent tortoiseshell and the un-ripe umbrella, a group exhibition curated by Louise Briggs, including new commissions and recent works by Eva BerendesStephanie MannRallou PanagiotouVanessa Safavi and Samara Scott.

The exhibition explores how each of these artists 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. Within their respective installations, photographs and sculptural assemblages the objects become ambiguous, free-floating signifiers that when combined together alienate their familiarity to the viewer. The artists disregard the objects’ natural hierarchy to focus upon their decorative, material and sensory qualities, combining natural and artificial imitation, antiquity and plasticity, the industrial and hand-made.

While each artist works sculpturally, their practice clearly occupies the space between two and three dimensions, sharing much in common with the history of painting, and predominantly that of the still life where colour, texture, surface, composition, the layering of fore-and background, and the relationship between, and the arrangement of, objects is paramount. In the case of all the artists presented here however, the still life is anything but static. The works all appear to imply some form of live activation, either through references to the body and the absence of it and in the live substances and elements that amalgamate within some of the works.

To coincide with the exhibition, Glasgow Sculpture Studios are collaborating with MAP as part of Footnoting the Archive. A footnote to the exhibition, including texts and moving image contributions by the curator and artists will be published on MAP at intervals over the course of the exhibition. It begins with AFTERWORD, a text by the curator Louise Briggs that provides an intimate insight into the thought process behind the show. This will be followed by A conglomerate of voices rise up like hidden steam, a text & moving image work by Stephanie Mann published on 4 and 11 February 2016 and concludes with K’s Turn, an excerpted film by Rallou Panagiotou, a homage to two specific locations in Greece and a collection of bootleg summer commodities from which her sculptural work stems, to be published on the 25 February 2016.

Creative text written by Louise Briggs accompanied the exhibition.

This exhibition is generously supported by Creative Scotland, Goethe-Institut GlasgowHope Scott TrustInstitut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.Stanley Thomas Johnson FoundationSwiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and Apple Oils Ltd.