Living and working in Edinburgh, Silas Parry explores sculptural form and materials in a context of environmental destruction. Through this, he discusses the other organisms that share our world; he is interested in how we relate to other forms of life, as we contribute to ecological change. His sculptures and installations often look to non-human (sea-life, extraterrestrial, fictional beings, planetary forces), and science-fiction futures. He has become increasingly fascinated by encounters with unexpected beings, that can re-frame our role in the environment. These new forms of life result from our political present, yet destabilise our place at the centre of the story.
“Surf ’N’ Turf is a positive take on the end of the world – an attempt to embrace our dark future, and the choices taking us there.
Because in this time of change, we’re no longer in control. We will re-discover the importance of non-human species and powerful, unknown forces. There will be moments of discovery, as organisms around us act in ways we can’t predict.
In the deep-sea Abyssal Zone, we’ve found unexpected life, thriving in fast-changing and inhospitable conditions. And perhaps, far below those midnight layers, there are glimmers of hope; a way to survive.
The title is taken from dishes popular in US steakhouses that combine seafood and red meat. Touching on two major causes of ecological destruction (overfishing and industrial cattle farming), surf ’n turf dinners present an image of abundance without dilemma or consequence.”
After spending her childhood in a hospital room – filling the walls with drawings to pass the time – Francesca’s passion for art led her to Glasgow School of Art. Francesca then spent five years developing her design and embroidery skills, graduating with an honours degree in Textiles. Since then, she had the opportunity to learn, and progress her work further, in a costume department creating 18th century embroideries and costumes. Finally after being surrounded by so many talented and inspiring people, she decided to produce a collection of her own work, entitled A Journey from IBD to Italywhich combined two projects she had previously explored.
Her aim for the first of these projects was to turn something ugly into something beautiful – her experience of “ugly” was her childhood illness of ulcerative colitis and osteoporosis. Francesca looked at examples of the cells of the disease, as well as objects and textures which reminded her of both these cells and the crumbling of bones resulting from osteoporosis. She then tried to create “beauty” from her own interpretations of this research. The other personal project was her travels in Italy, during which she documenting the shapes and textures she saw in everything she passed – from the stones in the old cobbled streets to the beautiful mosaics and marble colours in the churches. These two projects are brought together in her cut works and embroideries.
Six Foot Gallery’s Jewellery Showcase 2017 Programme presents the work of emerging jewellery makers over the course of 2017.
Amanda Louise Bernard
at Six Foot Gallery
1st August 2017 – 31st August 2017
Fuelled by my fascination with the Human Body and its health and well-being, my process began by investigating microscopic images of human cells. Focusing my research on their organic forms, vibrant colours and interesting textures, my aim was to dissect and transform these organisms out-with the human body, transferring them onto the wearer in a new light.
Through the combination of silver and alternative materials, I have produced a collection of incredibly colourful and tactile pieces of contemporary jewellery that evoke a sense of fun and play with its audience. The exploration of materials and texture throughout my designs creates a sensory need to interact with the pieces. Therefore, developing a deeper connection between them and the wearer, transforming the relationship we have with jewellery altogether.
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10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
For Eleanor, mirrors represent the presented self. They are a literal reflection of how we wish to be seen, hiding beneath the surface is our true selves. By using whole, broken, and repaired mirrors, this collection of jewellery explores the different stages of mental health and illness and the pressure to present a perfect image of yourself, when inside you are broken.
‘Healing Process’ Necklace’, £315
‘Well/unwell’ Pendant; £260
Using the Kintsugi technique of repairing with gold, she has created pieces of jewellery which show the beauty in the broken. The golden cracks show that the damage is part of one’s history, rather than something to be disguised. Eleanor wants people who struggle with depression, anxiety, every mental health problem there is, to know that it is not something to be ashamed of, that we should feel proud for having fought such a hard and misunderstood battle. Most of all Eleanor wants to show the beauty of having been broken.
This collection represents Eleanor’s personal experience with mental health and she hopes it opens discussions surrounding other people’s experiences.
Kintsugi: knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken
The models featured are volunteers who are dealing with mental illness.
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10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
Kirsten Manzi is a jewellery designer and maker based in Dundee, Scotland. She set up Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design in November 2015 launching her debut collection of structural, handmade silver jewellery.
After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone with a degree in Jewellery and Metal Design, Kirsten worked in a jewellery repair workshop for 3 years gaining knowledge in design development, manufacturing and repairs. She has exhibited across the UK at exhibitions including the prestigious New Designers, The Barbican and Lesley Craze Gallery in London. Kirsten also participates in a number of Pop-Up events across Scotland.
Now working from her home studio, Kirsten creates serene, minimalist jewellery inspired by bold geometric shapes and architectural structures. Crafted in solid silver, Kirsten designs each piece using clean, streamlined, aesthetics with many pieces unfolding themselves in the workshop rather than in sketchbooks. With the belief that there is beauty in simplicity she transforms the aesthetics of the built up urban environment into delicate, structural jewellery pieces.
Each piece of Kirsten Manzi Jewellery is designed, made and finished by hand in Kirsten’s home studio, using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques. Focusing on quality craftsmanship and subtle details, Kirsten aims to provide each customer with simple, understated jewellery pieces to be worn and enjoyed every day.
As well as her own designs, Kirsten works with clients to create limited edition and one-off commissions.
Ntina Doryforou started establishing in 1991, with her husband Christos Vroullis, in Greece, their own workshop and creating their first handmade items of mouth-blown glass.
After 13 years of experience with glass, working with it freely without moulds, they began making handmade glass beads. Their success in this area encouraged them to create new items and experiment with new materials such as copper, brass and sterling silver.
In 2005, they opened their own shop in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece. Recently, in 2015, they moved to Edinburgh, where they continue their inspiring creations.
Now, they design and create handmade lights, mirrors, clocks, bowls, hangers, artistic jewellery and anything else that inspires them! They draw inspiration from nature and from ancient history.
They have participated in many trade fairs in Greece, Germany and UK.
All their items are distinguished by their original, natural style which allows the handmade character of the object, and the original earth materials used, to be brought out.
Iona Hall at Six Foot Gallery
20th February 2017 – 20th March 2017
This February, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Iona Hall.
Iona Hall is a third year student in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Inspired by the natural forms, colours and textures she encounters in the environment around her, Iona works predominantly with metals – particularly wire – bending and twisting it into different forms. By making miniature sculptures as well as pieces for the body, she aims to challenge the traditional role of a jeweller. Iona’s work endeavours to investigate ways of expressing the hidden self, prompting the viewer to consider different life perspectives and allow for imperfections.
By exploring the many strands and intricacies of mental health, Iona challenges the viewer’s prejudices and levels of judgement. Each of the twenty objects on display in the Six Foot Gallery represents a visual interpretation of a different mental health issue. Iona has used – amongst other materials – silver, copper, wire and wood to translate her own understanding of these issues into small holdable objects. Her intention is that, upon holding the work in their hand, someone might be able to appreciate the contrast between the small and unthreatening physical object and the magnitude of the emotion it represents for a sufferer.
Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté at Six Foot Gallery
10th January 2017 – 24th January 2017
This January, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté.
Paulina Knapik is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Paulina’s artistic practice seeks to balance between fine art and commercial jewellery. Her main inspirational sources are: nature, urban geometry, contrasts in the surrounding world, music, paintings. The variety of works on show cover this range of inspirations, and highlight her skills as a maker.
Sandra Zinkuté is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Sandra’s work is influenced by nature and her changing surroundings. Her newest collection was inspired by the architecture of Glasgow and her observations of nature and plants in the Botanic gardens. Rough surfaces mirror that of the organic life in the city while the outline of the pieces offer a more formal structure and contour. Her objects are interactive, only finished when held in the hand or between the fingers.
The team at Six Foot are delighted to welcome artist Kirsty Boutle to the gallery this week. Kirsty is our current Artist in Residence and will be working in the SFG Studio over the next month.
Kirsty Boutle’s practice uses drawing, painting and sculpture as a material interrogation of the body; an insatiable desiring and viscerally maniacal machine. Questions of merging and intertwining; the reciprocal actualisation of virtual states in, on and through a body. An intimate examination of the emergence of subjectivity brought about by transfigurative encounters with other forms and forces.
During her residency Kirsty will create a series of small and detailed drawings and paintings, focusing on the exploration and combination of one or two repeated motifs within her recent 2 dimensional works which featured in her recent exhibition with Eilidh McPherson, Visceral Absurdities, at the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh.
Kirsty will be headlining our exhibition programme this April. To find out more about Kirsty and her work visit her website: www.kirstyboutle.com
* IMAGES: Fly me to the moon on a unicorn (2015) mixed media on paper 35x31cm, American cream soda and a single white pudding (2016)mixed media on paper 45x30cm, Installation shot of Visceral Absurdities at the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
Six Foot Gallery’s Render presents a series of works by three artists spanning sculpture, photography and collage.
Central to the concerns of the artists is their desire to establish an interactive relationship between viewer and maker; be that through touch, the adoption of a playful and imaginative gaze or through invitation to transverse both internal and worldly landscapes.
Craig Black makes physical his personal experiences of comfort, fear and pain, creating an opportunity for new dialogue on love and loss. This dialogue is realised though his unique touch, from hand drawn line to tactile objects. The viewer is invited to participate by adding the warmth of their hands to his sculptures.
Curious Wonders, a selection of photographs by Louise Dautheribes Mckerl, invites the viewer to experience the fragments of her travels through the US, France, Scotland and Jamaica. In the frame and out of it, the call of the road captured by Dautheribes seeks to spark our own imaginings.
Glasgow based artist Richard Martin‘s collage works create a sense of familiarity and equal unease. In his cuts and process of recording there exists both a continuity and a disjunction with the world as an image.
By establishing an environment in which narrative and experiential fragments can be connected by visitors, Render sees these disparate works meet.
To find out more about each artist stay turned to our blog!
The concept of this project is to create an enjoyable experience between artists and audience alike. Eye Am Camera Collective want to show the art world that an exhibition does not have to circulate around the materiality of money, to sell or buy a product or have an expensive presentation. The term Deltiology comes from Greek δελτίον, deltion, diminutive of δέλτος, deltos, “writing tablet, letter”; and -λογία, -logia) meaning the collection and study of picture postcards.
Eye Am Camera is a newly-formed art collaborative project created by a group of friends, lovers and fellow artists. This is the collective’s first exhibition in Glasgow featuring work from 27 visual artists in different stages of their art careers and in a wide range of mediums. The exhibition will consist of approximately over 540 postcard prints of the featured artists’ work. At Eye Am Camera closing event each member of the audience will be invited to take a print they like home with them and to create a new human connection with an artist and their work.
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Kevin Andrew Morris
Martin Hensey (Red Balloon Studio)
Tara Kathleen Stewart
Six Foot Gallery will present Deltiology by Eye Am Camera from the10th November 2016 – 24th November 2016.
Join us for a unique closing party event onthe 24th November from 6-8pm.
A joint photographic exhibition from Sam Wood and Jack Low, Scottish-based artists and photography and film graduates from Edinburgh Napier University. ‘Ex-Colonies’ features two projects photographed in Zimbabwe and Canada, former colonies of the British Empire. Both in different positions economically and politically, these photos attempt to position the audience as outsiders looking in.
Okay Coca Cola by Sam Wood
I was in a market that sold trinkets to tourists and fake branded clothing. A shopkeeper remarked to me “What are you taking photos for?” He paused “Are you going to show the world how horrible Zimbabwe looks?”
Upon leaving for there I only had one goal; not to photograph Zimbabwe like a photojournalist. Zimbabwe, I should add, has banned the BBC from filming there. It is also in a period of political upheaval. Robert Mugabe, its aging ex-freedom fighter turned despotic leader, has recently been deserted by many of the veterans of the ‘struggle’; a major source of his power. Protests have begun breaking out including some the day I wrote this (Thursday, September 1st, 2016). Zimbabwe’s economy is stalling. I mention these things not because they are ‘in’ my photographs, as such, but more because they are perceptible in the edges of the frames.
“I don’t intend to”, I responded to the shopkeeper. He asked if i’d like to buy anything, “okay, Coca Cola.” I said. And then I realised that these are the two words in the The Beach by Alex Garland; listed as the most recognisable anywhere in the world. I wanted to photograph Zimbabwe as how it is – as a site of convergence of cultures and of class; of local and globalised. We left the market and drove back to my Aunt and Uncle’s, passing gated houses, with razor wire and large walls. The rich and the poor. It seemed to be a land of opposites.
Zimbabwe is an ex-British colony. Knowing this and my position of privilege, I wanted to make my gaze and position evident – to reveal myself as an outsider attempting to look in.
Today’s Trends by Jack Low
Niagara Falls is the town built to accommodate the rush of tourists to see the grand Niagara Falls waterfalls bordering Canada and the United States. It is an unapologetic assault on the senses: the garish colours of every sign and building clashing, the consistent sound and feeling of water from the (smaller than expected) ‘Falls, and the smell of fast food coming from all manner of eateries. It therefore did not take long for the majesty of Niagara Falls to be replaced by the curious and uncanny atmosphere of Niagara Falls, ON.
EXHIBITION RUNS FROM 22ND SEPTEMBER – 7TH OCTOBER
PREVIEW @ 6PM / 22ND
The selected artist will be invited to work in the Six Foot Gallery studio and workshop for the duration of the residency. The facilities within the workshop include a darkroom and jewellery benches, along with a generous sized studio space and small kitchen area which includes fridge, freezer, microwave and kettle. The artist will have 24 hour access to the studio and facilities.
The successful artist will be accommodated in the Brunswick Hotel, situated opposite the gallery, where they will receive one month’s board plus full use of gym, pool and spa facilities.
Six Foot Gallery is ideally located in the centre of Glasgow with excellent transport links less than a 5 minute walk away. Glasgow’s thriving art scene including internationally renowned galleries and museums as well as grassroots organisations are easy to explore from your base at the gallery.
As part of the residency agreement one piece of art work will be created for the Brunswick Hotel collection which will be displayed long term and a second piece will be donated to the Six Foot Gallery collection. The framing for these will be paid for by the artist.
The artist must pay for their own materials and living expenses.
To apply please send:
An artist’s CV & Bio
6 good quality images of recent work
An outline of your intentions for the residency and how it might benefit the development of your practice (250 words)