Publication: The Times
Jack Cunningham’s site-specific installation at the Lighthouse — Glasgow’s new centre for architecture and design — presents jewellery not only as decorative adornment but also as personal narrative.
Traditionally labelled as brooches, these beautifully crafted objects are, more accurately, wearable artworks. They therefore extend the boundaries of the medium in a way which is meaningful and challenging. Although their substance is autobiographical, much of it is also archetypal and universal, dealing with death, religion and love. In ‘Crossing’, for example, a 52mm fragment from a wooden ruler alludes to the death of the artist’s sister (one millimetre for each year of her life) .
The narrative is thus expressed with symbols — some universal, others intimate and personal. The characteristically winged sycamore seed, for Cunningham, represents fecundity and flight. Its delicacy makes it easy to cast in silver, because it carbonises to leave a clean mould. The result is a startling facsimile (or more accurately, index) which emphasises every vein and surface.
11 Mitchell Lane
0141 221 6362
Mon Wed Fri Sat 10.30-5.30
Thurs 10.30 - 7
Until March 12
Judith Gilmour is a respected ceramist whose new series of stoneware and porcelain vessels explore architecture, mythology and functionality.
Their defining characteristic is the object as a repository of accumulated and assimilated experience — sensory, emotional and rational. Her ‘goddess’ series, for example, is a collection of distinct but related forms based on a figurine from the Haute Garonne in France, thought to date from around 18,000 BC.
Elsewhere, Gilmour’s experience of the Cyclades led to her making a series of sculptural forms which draw on the buildings, light and atmosphere of the islands.
Roger Billcliffe Gallery
134 Blythswood Street
0141 332 4027
Mon Fri 9.30 - 5.30
Until March 28
The exhibition ‘109’ is one of a series of laudable initiatives which elucidate and explore scientific issues through the medium of art. This collaborative project features images and animation by the artist Murray Robertson, supported by music and video.
The title of the show refers to the number of known elements (substances which cannot be broken down or reduced further). Each of these has been given a symbol by Robertson in a periodic table which is inspiring and imaginative — in contrast to the often dull and prosaic presentation found in chemistry text books.
These range from the obvious use of the stars and stripes which represent americium (Am), to technetium (Tc) more obscurely symbolised by a hand within a circle. The obscurity is perhaps deliberate, acting as an inspiration to learn.
The project extends across various media and includes an excellent web site (www.chemsoc.org/vislements), as well as various intriguing samples of the elements themselves.
Gallery of Modern Art
Daily 10-5 Fri and Sun 11-5
0141 229 1996
Published in The Times, Around the Galleries, 08-03-00