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Artificial Two-Step: Elizabeth Zvonar’s Banal Baroque

Elizabeth Zvonar, Cummy Loubous, 2013. Porcelain. (installation view) Image courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery

A distressed pair of white porcelain shoes with red soles and a cast golden index finger seductively beckon you upon first entering Elizabeth Zvonar’s exhibition Banal Baroque at Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto. The heels of the shoes are warped, the feet inside almost brainy in texture. Sawed off abruptly at the base of the ankle, the feet, shoes, and the vibrant red soles are[.....]

Thukral & Tagra: Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity (2013), Jiten Thukral’s and Sumir Tagra’s (branded as Thukral & Tagra) latest show at Art Plural gallery, gives expression to the cacophonous spectacle of hybridity that defines contemporary India, a site that they deem to be a hotbed of conflicted histories and global transactions. These issues of societal flux are explored in their oeuvre through an eclectic visual language composed of cartoonish[.....]

“Under One Sun” Erika Harrsch at Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery

According to chaos theory, a single flap from the wings of a butterfly can set off a string of events leading to major global changes. It’s no coincidence that the butterfly is the chosen catalyst in this theoretical scenario; symbolically, butterflies have been a remarkably durable representation of change, transition, transformation, and resurrection in the human imagination. In Erika Harrsch’s exhibition “Under One Sky” at[.....]

Supporting Partick Thistle: Paintings, Rob McLeod

Robert McLeod, The Three Graces Struggle with the Goochi Handbag, 2011, Installation view, Bath Street Gallery. Photo: Sait Akkirman

Even fanatic football fans would be hard-pressed to remember a Glaswegian football team called Partick Thistle, a perpetual underdog in First Division Scottish Football League that’s oft-joked about because of their non-winning ways. Getting behind a team that tries every week but gets nowhere requires no small measure of faith, an action probably synonymous with holding out hope in the long term for that which[.....]

The Medium is the Message

Martin Boyce, Disappear Here, 1999, screenprint in an edition of 50 plus 1 artist's proofs, 75 x 52 cms, 29.55 x 20.49 inches. Published by Glasgow Print Studio. Copyright the artist and Glasgow Print Studio

Dapple, by Edwin Morgan (1920 – 2010), the late Scottish poet who became involved in the concrete poetry movement of the 1960s, is one of five poems titled Colour Poems that play with the relationship between meaning, rhythm, colour and sound. The Colour Poems were the inspiration for the development of The Medium is the Message: words in printmaking since the 1960s, an exhibition exploring[.....]

dOCUMENTA (13) spaces: Neue Galerie

Wael Shawky, "Cabaret Crusades"

Living and working in Kassel during the dOCUMENTA (13) I have been in no rush to see all of the works. My abundance of time lends itself to much alleviation when considering the daunting map of exhibitions and thick program book. I have found the installations, sculptures, and ongoing performances to become part of my daily life. Each morning on my walk to work, I[.....]

Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow since World War II

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From different angles, the view of the successive layers formed by folding a sheaf of handmade paper in Jacki Parry’s (b. 1941) artwork is reminiscent of pages of a book as well as petals of a rose. Displayed on a polished black surface reflecting surrounding artworks and the architecture of the gallery, The Book and the Rose – A New Book (1988) brings to mind[.....]