Valise (2013)

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Volksbühne Pavilion, 18th-22nd September 2013

Curated by Sarah Lowndes

A modest group exhibition of easily transportable works by ten artists from Glasgow, which took its title from Marcel Duchamp’s portable miniature monograph Boîte-en-valise or box in a suitcase (1935-1940), presented in the glass Pavilion of the Volksbühne.

Valise installation view, left to right: Two works on paper by Richard Wright, oil on canvas by Gregor Wright, acrylic on newsprint by Tony Swain
Valise installation view, left to right: Two works on paper by Richard Wright, oil on canvas by Gregor Wright, acrylic on newsprint by Tony Swain
Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond, artwork for The Burning Sand (2013), Valise (2013)
Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond, artwork for The Burning Sand (2013), Valise (2013)
Installation view, Valise (2013), works left to right: Andrew Kerr, Hayley Tompkins, Andrew Kerr, Raydale Dower, Tom Varley
Installation view, Valise (2013), works left to right: Tony Swain, Hayley Tompkins, Andrew Kerr, Raydale Dower, Tom Varley

ARTISTS

Raydale Dower is an artist and musician, known both for his work with Glasgow bands Uncle John and Whitelock and Tut Vu Vu and for his sculptural interventions and projects. www.raydaledower.com

Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond are communication graphic designers. They design art, poetry and prose magazine The Burning Sand, which is edited by Sarah Lowndes. www.sophiedyer.net www.maeveredmond.co.uk

Andrew Kerr makes semi-abstract acrylic paintings and sculptures that are delicate, evocative and modest in scale.

Optimo (Espacio) was a legendary nightclub run by JD Twitch (Keith McIvor) and JG Wilkes (Jonnie Wilkes) at the Sub Club in Glasgow’s Jamaica Street every Sunday night from 1997 until 2010. Twitch and Wilkes continue to tour, promote and release music as Optimo. www.optimo.co.uk

Installation view, Valise (2013)
Installation view, Valise (2013)

Tony Swain is known for paintings depicting complex landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, interiors and private worlds rendered with acrylic paint on pages taken from The Guardian newspaper.

Hayley Tompkins makes works that bridge the gap between painting and sculpture, which she calls ‘objects’, employing materials such as coloured pencil, watercolour and acrylic paint on newsprint and foolscap, and found objects such as plastic trays or mobile phones.

Tom Varley makes works which explore the relationship between abstraction and language. His film Violence. Silence. is influenced by constrained writing techniques, and playfully explores the associative and poetic possibilities of language.

Richard Wright is best known for making site-specific wall drawings, which are usually painted over at the conclusion of each exhibition, but his oeuvre includes a wide range of works made on paper, from prints on poster paper to complex large-scale works and smaller scale watercolours and collages.

Gregor Wright specializes in drawing, painting, sculpture, words and code. www.gregorwright.com

Opening of Valise exhibition curated by Sarah Lowndes for the Volksbuehne Pavilion.
Opening of Valise (2013)

List of works

Optimo (Espacio), Espacio (Glasgow 1997-2010), neon sign.

Richard Wright, No title (2013), watercolour and collage on paper.

Richard Wright, No title (2013), watercolour and collage on paper.

Gregor Wright, Phone Call From Nowhere (2012), oil on canvas board.

Tony Swain, An ending admitted (2013), acrylic on newsprint.

Hayley Tompkins, Digital Light Pool (2013), acrylic paint on plastic.

Andrew Kerr, One Neck (2013), acrylic on paper.

Raydale Dower, Le Drapeau Noir (Reverse), (2013), steel, black canvas, chalk, cartridge paper – made with Tom Worthington.

Sophie Dyer & Maeve Redmond, artwork for The Burning Sand (2013), print on paper.

On monitor: Tom Varley, Violence. Silence. (2013), 16mm transferred to HD video.

Outside: Raydale Dower, Le Drapeau Noir (2010), steel, black canvas, thread – made with Tom Worthington.

Valise was part of THE GLASGOW WEEKEND: ART, DESIGN AND MUSIC FROM GLASGOW and is sponsored by Creative Scotland, British Council, Volksbühne and BQ Works by Hayley Tompkins, Tony Swain and Gregor Wright appeared courtesy of the artists and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd. Work by Andrew Kerr appeared courtesy of the artist, BQ, Berlin and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd. Works by Richard Wright appeared courtesy of the artist, BQ, Berlin, Gagosian Gallery and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd. All other works courtesy of the artists.

Production credits for Tom Varley, Violence/Silence

Voices: Mhairi McMullan and Hannes Hellstrom

Eyeball: Jack McConville

Sign Language: Sophie Mackfall

Drum: Colin Kearney.

Supported by: Collective Gallery, The Elephant Trust and Glasgow Life.

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