LCGA Exhibitions

Scottish Contemporary Art from Glasgow Museums

12th June - 28th August 2008
Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick City Gallery of Art presents an exhibition of video installations by contemporary Scottish artists, from the Glasgow Museums Collection. The exciting exhibition features seminal works by Roddy Buchanan, Dalziel+Scullion and Douglas Gordon.  The exhibition Scottish Contemporary Art from Glasgow Museums comprises film and video works that explore contemporary life and experiences. 

Gobstopper , 1999, is one of Roderick Buchanan’s most playful works. It documents different children as they are driven through Glasgow ’s Clyde Tunnel (which connects the north and south of the city). The children play a game that involves holding their breath for the duration of the journey. Whilst some seem to achieve this, others cheat or ‘lose’ with expressions of amusement or frustration. Buchanan’s focus on this game, which he remembers from growing up in Glasgow , is similar to his treatment of professional sports. He makes us think of the wider implications of such competitions between family, friends, or local and national teams. Magazine features excerpts of a selection of Buchanan’s works from 1994-2007.

The Earth Turned to Bring us Closer, 2006, follows Dalziel + Scullion’s key theme of our relationship with our environment at a time of increasing urbanization. The earth turned to bring us closer was filmed using a High Definition Video camera attached to a converted telescope motor that enabled the camera to turn at the same speed as the earth. Most of the 300 portraits show everyday people whom the artists stopped on the street and then filmed on the spot. The camera searches each face in a way that we never normally would dare. We imagine the life of the person and by doing so parts of our own lives are reflected back. Composer Craig Armstrong, created the music Memory Takes my Hand that accompanies the portraits.

A Moment’s Silence (for someone close to you), 1998, is a text work by Douglas Gordon made specifically for a television monitor. It is modest in size but obtrusive and assuming in its communication with the viewer. Our awareness of the occasions when the phrase ‘a moment’s silence for someone close to you’ is used may bring preconceptions to the work. We may assume we are being invited to remember a relative, friend or loved one who has died. However, Gordon has chosen an ambiguous sentence – one that does not actually specify that our ‘someone’ is lost to us. Douglas Gordon is best known for the work 24 Hour Psycho (a slowed down version of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho).

 Works kindly loaned from the Glasgow Museums Service Collection. Magazine courtesy of Roderick Buchanan.

 Artists’ Biographies:

Roddy Buchanan. b. 1965. Won the Beck’s Futures Award, 2000.

Dalziel + Scullion. b. 1957 + b. 1966. Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion have worked in collaboration since 1993.

Douglas Gordon. b. 1966. Won the Turner Prize, 1996.

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