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.

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.

Bach+[HETHERINGTON/MATHESON/MCEOIN/STAV]

Bach+

[HETHERINGTON/MATHESON/MCEOIN/STAV]

SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017

Doors 8pm. Performance 8.30-10pm. inc. short break.

Premiere of Bach-Inspired Contemporary Scottish Music, followed by more music, poetry & jazz.

Violin soloist, Feargus Heatherington performs new work by Iain Matheson. Hetherington & Matheson will then be joined by collaborators, poet McEoin & jazz guitarist Stav.

Photo by nomiddlename.co.uk

Photo by nomiddlename.co.uk

What's in a Mile & Fringe?

We want photos of your nest, your den, your castle, your pride & joy - YOUR HOME.

In 2016 we set out to gather a collection of photographs showing how we choose to live today. Presenting the entries in a comprehensive exhibition, this collection will form a cultural & social archive for posterity, as well as give us all a sneaky peak at how the people around us choose to live.

Initially it was limited to 'What's in a Mile' radius of iota, but having had complaints from people who don't live within a mile radius, we added 'the fringe'. Now it's getting even more interesting!

This is not a collection of glossy magazine shots, so please don't tidy up.

This is not a photographic competition, so please just get your phone out and get snapping. We are of course happy to get photos from 'proper' cameras.

See examples here

Email your pics to

iota@unlimitedstudios.co.uk

 

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iota...What IS this place?

What IS this place?

iota is an arts space for people to engage with all forms of art & design.

(Why are art and design separated out like that? Maybe we should start a debate...)

You are encouraged to come in, enjoy, discuss, object to or propose what happens here.

You only need to be curious, aspiring or a practitioner of the arts to walk in the door.