PETROSPHERE: Cities rise and cities fall again; words are spoken and retracted; we meet and talk and things will not be the same again.
PETROSPHERE is part of a series of projects between 5 artists based in Glasgow, and 5 artists based in Athens. Vibrant, difficult, beautiful, caustic; full of friction and full of life, Athens and Glasgow share strong similarities as catalysts for ideas and places for artists to live and practice. PETROSPHERE becomes a platform to explore this through an exhibition curated by the artists themselves.
The new work developed for this Glasgow International group exhibition features sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, painting, performance, and video. The exhibition has a bold and confident appeal, with individual works that are rich in texture and detail.
Transforming a basement space within Glasgow’s Skypark, the artists’ individual concerns are presented within the frame of an architectural exhibition structure. Fabricated ‘gallery’ walls hint towards a misplaced urban plaza, around which the artworks congregate like new citizens. In a variety of visual languages, they trade isolated words, and sometimes whole sentences, with one another. Science fiction / lament / design proposition / myth / colourfield : a logic emerges from their scattered alphabets.
The PETROSPHERE artists are:
Ruth Barker, Antonakis Christodoulou, Helen de Main, Vassilis H, Niall Macdonald, James McLardy, Margarita Myrogianni, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Ciara Phillips and Kostas Sahpazis
Venue: Skypark, Space 162B, 8 Elliot Street, Glasgow.
Exhibition runs: Friday 20th April – Monday 7th May.
Opening event: Saturday 21st April, 2pm-5pm.
Performance by Ruth Barker: Saturday 21st April, 4pm.
PETROSPHERE is part of the Included Programme of Glasgow International, and is supported by Creative Scotland.
Taking place every other year, and combining some of the characteristics of a conventional arts ‘biennial’ with a more event-based experience, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is a unique event in the international calendar with one of the most groundbreaking and dynamic presentations of contemporary visual arts practice. GI is a unique event that offers both globally recognised and emerging Glasgow-based artists across the spectrum of the city’s art scene a platform to show new work to both national and international audiences while also introducing the work of important international artists. Since its inception in 2005 the Festival has brought together the key organisations in Glasgow’s diverse artistic community, presenting unique events and special commissions rooted in the achievements of the local artistic community, while drawing on important international developments in contemporary art.
For more information about the exhibition and the artists go to: http://www.glasgowinternational.org/index.php/events/view/petrosphere/