Crossing @ iota

Tuesday 22 May – Saturday 2 June 2018

Artists Talk 4p.m. Saturday 26 May followed by Private View.

10 years of meeting, making and exploring the boundaries of warp and weft.

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From the freshness of first experiments, through developing technique and an emerging ‘voice’, each weaver’s journey is shown by a retrospective collection of tapestries.

14 artists, 14 outlooks, passion and palette. Paths crossing, converging, responding. Images of love and admiration, of landscapes dark and dense, scoured, vast, worked and wild.

Judith Aylett, Lorraine Darwin, Alan Gilchrist, Eileen Hughes, Libby Hughes, Susan Hunt, Daphne Kirk, Robin Low, Louise Martin, Margarett Maxwell, Gillian Morris, Gill Owen, Mhairi Stewart, Jan Watson

People/Place: 3 Photographers

Laji Varghese + Emma Crichton + Ian Graham.

Opening 6-9pm, Thursday 15th March, until 31 March 2018.

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Emma Crichton

Featuring three photographers with Glasgow connections, we present contemporary photography in a Scottish and International context.

Uncontrived reality is portrayed by all three artists. In works linking Glasgow, The Forth, Galicia and the Himalayas, we may all have more in common that we realise.

T. D. Coats: 'Reflection, Deflection, Detourment'

IN THE PRESENCE OF AGNES

by Rita McGurn

Until 3 March 2018

About the artist:

T.D. Coats is based in Glasgow, ‘though he thinks in Leadhills. 

A Glasgow School of Art Graduate, education has been a consistent feature in his life, taking on various apprentices and collaborators, and tutoring part time at various institutions. 

He is of eternal optimism that things will get better. 

Many years have been spent demonstrating and remonstrating about how the arts should talk less and do more. 

Observation is his bag, comment is often reserved. 

‘Reserved’ in the sense of ‘being kept back’, rather than ‘being shy and quiet’, 

What you see is what you get.

Fanfare for 2017?

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iota would like to thank all the creative people who have contributed so much to iota this year, and those of you who came to our events. 


Here's the last event that iota will tell you about this year. Happy to report that through your support we have been able to take a hefty box of art materials to the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity.


We have a stonking programme for 2018, so get your calendars at the ready!

'Borders' thematic exhibition

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iota is happy to host this exhibition by the Scottish members of the British Tapestry Group, from1-9 December. 28 exhibitors explore the theme, in a variety of woven formats.  A sense of place - from the inner self, the impact of global warming, physical borders, barriers and being on the edge, the politics of exclusion, war and refugees, is juxtaposed alongside images of the beauty around us in gardens and landscape.  Exhibits include 3-dimensional weaving on “found” objects; the diversity of these pieces showcase how creative weavers can be. The work can be purchased.

Summer recess

We've had some great shows so far this year, now it's time for our wee summer recess. Although currently building a prototype in the arts space over the next few weeks, there is no iota show in July. Wishing you all a great summer - see you in August for a stunning show of work by John Taylor. Can't wait!

Colin Robertson LOOKING ON THE SURFACE

Colin Robertson - Potted history
 
BORN GLASGOW 1936. LIVES IN BATTLEFIELD.  GRADUATE OF DUNDEE COLLEGE OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY IN DESIGN & CRAFTS.  POST-DIPLOMA YEAR  WON A TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP.  SUFFERING FROM SEVERE OVERDOSE OF ART IN ITALY, HE ESCAPED EASTWARDS AND RETURNED WITH DRAWINGS AND THREE- DIMENSIONAL WORKS IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERIOR SPACES OF THE MOSQUES IN ISTANBULEXHIBITED IN EDINBURGHIN LATE 60'S, OIL PAINTINGS OF DUNDEE BUS CONDUCTRESSES AND LIFE ABOARD A TRAWLER. EXHIBITED 'From Yoshitoshi to Winehouse'at iota 2014COMPULSIVE HILL WALKER to date.
 
WORKED AT MANY TRADES: WIRELESS OPERATOR -NATIONAL SERVICE; COMMERCIAL ARTIST IN GLASGOW; FARMWORKER IN PERTHSHIRE; VOLUNTEER KIBBUTZNIK IN ISRAEL (BEFORE 67 WAR); TRAWLER DECKHAND ON BOATS SAILING OUT OF REKYAVIK AND GRIMSBY IN WINTER AND PAINTING IN A COTTAGE IN GLENISLA IN SUMMERS; CINEMA NIGHT-CLEANER IN LONDON; COUNCIL GARDENER IN WESTMINSTER AND TRADE UNION BRANCH SECRETARY IN A LOCAL AUTHORITY.

Looking on the surface

I have always drawn and painted but didn't exhibit again until 2015 with 'yoshitoshi to winehouse', a show of drawings at iota.   Drawings in the current show share much of the same material: music, sex, and imagery derived from newspaper photos of female pop singers.  Other drawings reflect a continuing fascination with the sea, memories of my time living and working in that very different environment.   Some use a version of the 'split-representation of the image' common in many indigenous cultures and are generally two dimensional, influenced by the flat (axonometric) perspective used in japanese woodblock prints.  I am always seeking directness and perhaps a bit of vulgarity.

A visitor to 'Yoshitoshi' left the comment that she would have welcomed more information about the works on show.   A fair request but one that is perhaps difficult to satisfy.   I can say where certain drawings started, but perhaps not why that particular image or idea acted as a trigger.   A drawing can go in a straight line from start to finish, can turn upside down, multiply, divide, add on or lose bits and pieces, get redrawn on the reverse of the paper or join up with other drawings: whichever way it seems to work for me visually e.g. the separate sheets of 'Accroche au reve' and 'go-go-go' came together by accident, not by design.   Printmakers, etchers and the like, speak of "getting a result" and I think that that is as good a way of putting it as any.   I like the idea of the immediacy of a drawing or painting; that it can be seen all at once, taken in at a glance, without history or add-ons.   The best explanation for a picture is there in the frame on the wall.

Some of the starting points:

'Mouths and seas' – Marie Darrieussecq begins her novel ' Mal de mer' describing a child climbing a sand dune at dusk and finding herself, for the first time, with this noise, this  smell, this immense thing before her that was the sea, stretching to left and right, a vast black mouth composed of thousands of smaller mouths continually opening and closing.

'Buckle my navel' and related works –the caption 'times out' printed across her midriff on a photo of Amy Winehouse, the 's' rising above the buckle of her belt.

'Looking at the aeroplane' – from a photo of four women in profile evoking a memory of a drawing made, a very long time ago, on an art students' bus trip to Edinburgh with all heads turned to watch the aeroplanes.    'As if headless' – a male singer encircled by seemingly adoring female dancers and  'go-go-go' – from a photo of a go-go dancer.

'Accroche au reve' -The coiled up text in a circle is a translation into French from Nietzsche in which he suggests that nature, mercifully, hides from us and from our consciousness the internal workings of our bodies and, that in pride and ignorance, we are as if carried along clinging to a dream, while riding on the back of a tiger.  It's one way of looking at things! - but it provided me with the title for this show.

Kate Charlesworth BLAMM!

iota is delighted to bring you Kate Charlesworth 'BLAMM!', curated by John McShane. This first major retrospective spans the career of the acclaimed cartoonist, including comic strips for Dykes Delight, work for the New Scientist, the Guardian and the graphic novel, Sally Heathcote Suffragette (collaboration with Costa prize winner Mary Talbot and creator of Granville, Bryan Talbot). We are also happy to inform you that many original and signed works will be available.

Opening 6pm Thurs.4th May until Saturday 27th May.

3 things you need to know NOW

 Cyanotypes by  Sara Alonso-Martínez:

1. You only have until 5pm tomorrow to see 'Not Alone' by Sara Alonso-Martínez:

2. You can see Carol Kidd performing at the Artlink Central Charity Gala - Art Off the Rocks, tomorrow evening in Bridge of Allan. Gala event starts 6.30pm

3. Only 2 weeks until Kate Charlesworth's 'BLAMM!' opens at iota. Curated by John McShane.

A Special Event: In loving memory of Rita McGurn

In loving memory of Rita McGurn 7/4/2015 – McGurns will be covering a park bench in the Botanic Gardens with wool – this art installation will be in the park until the end of July. 

Weather permitting this will be happening the weekend of April 1st and 2nd. Come along and say hello. The bench is located at the end of the path between the herb garden & the children's garden, near Kew Terrace.

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Sara Alonso-Martínez: Not Alone. 6-22 April 2017

Not long to go - We're looking forward to presenting this stunning show by Sara Alonso. 'Not Alone' is the result of a phenomenal challenge the artist set herself in 2016: to walk the Camino de Santiago route in the searing heat of the Spanish summer, resist engagement with social networks & produce an artwork each day of the walk.

Sara first exhibited at iota in 2015, in the group show 'Part 2(...)' of the Glasgow School of Art M.Litt. in Fine Art.

Opening 6-9pm Thursday 6th. Show runs till Saturday 22nd April.