Lewis Waugh’s ‘EAST-WEST:WEST-EAST’, inspired by travels and cultures from Morocco to Scotland, opened on Friday to a packed audience at iota. We promised you art, poetry, calligraphy, Scottish & Arabic culture and VIPs. All duly delivered. A Meg Bateman poem was read in Gaelic, Iyad Hayatleh’s poem ‘50’, was read by the author in Arabic. The VIPs? Guests, Artists, Poets & Politicians. This show is on until 2 March.
Glad to report that at as well as this exhibition of new work by Lewis Waugh, we are happy to present words & poetry at the Preview on Friday 15th February. There will be short readings of work by Gaelic poet Meg Bateman & Glasgow/Palestinian poet, Iyad Hayatleh.
Edinburgh – based artist Lewis Waugh acknowledges the influence of Islamic art on his imagery. The resultant abstract forms are a fusion of Islamic geometry and Hebridean dreaming.
Hope to see you there.
Coming soon at iota:
EAST-WEST:WEST-EAST An exhibition of images by Lewis Waugh, inspired by the Skye Cuillins and Moroccan High Atlas.
Opens 6pm Friday 15 Feb.
Exhibition16 February - 2 March 2019
‘METTA’ oPENS 6-9PM tHURSDAY 4 OCTOBER
All religions share the same fundamental principles of love and peace expressed through wisdom and compassion for others. How then can these immutable tenets be interpreted in such a way as to promote intolerance, hatred and extreme violence, is it in fact politics more than religious fanaticism that has led terrorists to blow themselves up?
This new exhibition by David Campbell challenges the nature of what western media brands as “Islamic terrorism” and “Buddhist oppression”
Exhibition until Saturday 20th October.
Artist Talk: Saturday 25th August at 2pm
Please Join us for a short talk & Q&A by Rowena Comrie. Hear all about it!
Please note: You only have a few days left to see this stunning show... closes Saturday 25th
We trust you enjoyed our great show by Stref'. Rest up, as we have more for you after the Summer break.
Rowena Comrie presents 'An Eyeful of Vincent', which promises great new work in a series inspired by the work of Van Gogh.
Opens Thursday 9th August until Saturday 25th.
See you soon!
Stref. Much to see at iota from 7-23 June.
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.
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
Walker’s recent work is based on complex studio installations and attempts to investigate human vision and representation in its full complexity. Many of the newer paintings have a panoramic format and make reference to cinema, both in terms of spectacle and in the way the image emerges from the dark.
Laji Varghese + Emma Crichton + Ian Graham.
Opening 6-9pm, Thursday 15th March, until 31 March 2018.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A multi-media experience.
The nights are fair drawin' in... so what do we do now? Well for starters we open a show on Friday the 13th till Hallowe'en… With some black humour and an eye for beauty, especially in dark times and places, Laura Hunter explores ways and means. P.V. 6-9pm Fri. 13th
Abstraction of contemporary themes. Rich colours, depth & texture
'Fragile': iota proudly presents a powerful selection of watercolours and screen prints by John Taylor. Including works from the 80s, 90s and now, some of the work is being shown for the first time.
With a Private View from 6-9pm on Friday 4th August, the exhibition runs until 26th August. Please note new opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12.00 - 5.
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 - 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 ISTANBUL. EXHIBITED IN EDINBURGHIN LATE 60'S, OIL PAINTINGS OF DUNDEE BUS CONDUCTRESSES AND LIFE ABOARD A TRAWLER. EXHIBITED 'From Yoshitoshi to Winehouse'at iota 2014. COMPULSIVE 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.