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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Gallery round up from The Herald 10/4/10

Daily Routine by Willie Rodger

Roger Bilcliffe Gallery
134 Blythswood Street, Glasgow
0141 332 4027
Mon-Fri, 9.30-5.30pm, Sat, 10am-1pm
Until April 20

Recently, while browsing around the stands of Glasgow Art Fair, I met an old family friend who asked the question: “Who are the young up and coming artists to invest in?” I huckled her towards a Willie Rodger painting on show with the Mansfield Park Gallery. “He’s up and coming,” I said. “Coming up to his 80th birthday too.”
“That looks like it’s been painted by a young artist,” was her immediate response. “It’s so fresh.”
Therein lies the secret of Kirkintilloch-based Willie Rodger’s approach to his craft. A master printmaker whose reputation goes before him, Rodger’s linocuts are just-so representations of people and places, using nothing more than a few bits of old lino from his off-cut box, a little roller and a lot of skill. He also manages to throw in a healthy dod of observational humour and pathos into the mix too, which draws the viewer deep into his work.
In the course of the last decade, Rodger (who was advised against being a painter during his time at Glasgow School of Art in the 1950s) has turned his attention to painting and the result is a distillation of decades of finely tuned draughtsmanship and compositional skill.
Rodger’s paintings, primarily in oil, create a parallel universe in sharp colour peopled by purely delineated figures and a uniquely distinctive landscape.
Works such as Preparing for the Garden Party, Daily Routine and Jacob’s Ladder, are not only evocative, they tell us that we are not alone.
“I like people,” explains Rodger, simply. “You can get an awful lot of fun out of just watching people ... you never know what you'll come across.”

At venues throughout Glasgow
April 16 – May 3

One of the major events in the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, the Artists’ Rooms showcase of work by the hugely influential German artist, Joseph Beuys, is already underway at The Hunterian Art Gallery, with one of the highlights being a drawing of Beuys by Andy Warhol. As if taking the lead from these two towering figures of late 20th century art, this year’s festival is inspired by the theme of past, present and future.
The two-week long extravaganza of exhibitions, talks, screenings and live events, includes a new video installation by Douglas Gordon citing his own landmark work 24 Hour Psycho; sound work by Susan Philipsz along the banks of the Clyde, a solo show by Jimmie Durham at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios, entitled Universal Miniature Golf (The Promised Land); a re-enactment of the 1960s Dutch anarchist eco-action White Bike Plan co-ordinated by environmental arts organisation NVA and Fiona Tan’s first solo exhibition in Scotland at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).
The work of Glasgow artists is to the fore, including David Shrigley, who has been commissioned by GI to create an installation of sculptures for the Study Centre in the Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery. It could be a mantra for Shrigley’s work, and also for the GI Festival as a whole... expect the unexpected and you won’t be disappointed. Studying the programme is a dizzying experience, as it’s packed with events, talks and tours as well as the big exhibitions, all of which are free. Many of the major exhibitions will run on through the summer months.

Kurt Jackson
Dovecot Studio Gallery
10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh
0131 550 3660
Tue-Sat, 10.30am-5.30pm
Until April 24

One of Cornwall’s most celebrated painters, Kurt Jackson, spent the best part of last year’s summer, absorbing the many changing moods of Ardnamurchan. As anyone who has ever visited this remote peninsula will testify, the atmosphere can change in an inkling and as Jackson, a well-known environmental campaigner, prefers to work outdoors, he was assailed by weather and the innate drama of this west coast outpost.
The result of his Ardnamurchan experience is a body of work consisting of around 70 paintings and sculptures, which went on show at Dovecot Studio Gallery earlier this week. The exhibition will be Kurt’s fifth in Scotland and his biggest yet, with one work alone some 30ft in length.
The exhibition has been put together by Louise Jones of Lemon Street Gallery in Truro, Cornwall. She explained: “The venue is huge and has inspired Kurt to work on a very adventurous scale of presentation. Kurt is immensely popular in Scotland with his past shows all selling out. We very much hope that this show will be equally well received and I personally believe it contains some of his very best ever works.”
She added: “Kurt’s way of looking at the Scottish landscape is not a traditional one. A lot of artists tend to take their inspiration from the Glasgow movement, whereas Kurt goes straight back to the environment for his inspiration every time.”
Jackson is known for using his art to express his views on ecological politics, frequently highlighting the growing gap between the landscape we once had and the outlook that the so-called civilised world is in danger of moving towards.

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