SIBLINGS // ENZO MARRA

1st August 2017 – 31st August 2017

‘Siblings’ 

Enzo Marra’s creative practice is concerned with the exploration and pictorial analysis of the art world. He explores the juxtaposing perceptions of those involved and those outwith the industry, their valuing and auctioning, the processes and activities that occur behind the privacy of studio doors, the hanging and display of works animated by the commodified space of the gallery, the milling of observers in exhibition spaces, and ultimately how the public presence then gives life and purpose to the works on display.

The use of texture is of great importance to his practice – lending both added dimensions to the oil paints as well as necessary dominance to his brushwork, which is visible within the final image. The physical dragging and building up of pigment is as relevant in his creations as the tonality and colour balance that they are used to express.

In Siblings, Marra has selected a number of figurative-inspired works, alongside palette-based works, which wholly reflect his own painting practice, whilst providing the leverage to further explore such interrelationships.  The intricate balance between studio activity and what is permitted for public viewing, and the concept of authentic and true pigment application, is explored in this series of acrylic, enamel and oil canvases.

These works have enabled Marra to be selected for the Creekside Open in 2013, 2015 and 2017; the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016; Beep Wales in 2014 and 2016; Gfest in 2010; Charlie Smith Anthology in 2011; the Open West at Gloucester Cathedral in 2012 and the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and 2016.

Marra was a prizewinner in the Creekside Open 2017 – selected by Jordan Baseman – and was included on the shortlist for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow. He was also given an honourable mention in the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art 2013.

BEST OF DEGREE SHOW 2017

BEST OF DEGREE SHOW 2017 at Six Foot Gallery

1st July 2017 – 30th July 2017

Six Foot Gallery is delighted to present the 2017 edition of our annual BEST OF DEGREE SHOW. The exhibition features the work of graduating artists, handpicked from Scotland’s leading art institutions. Artworks range across a variety of themes and mediums, as a representation of the diversity of Scotland’s emerging artistic talent.

Exhibiting Artists

Aillie Anderson

Annabel Chau

Bastian Birk Thuesen

Cormac Banks

David Brown

Dominika Kupcova

Dougie Blane

Emily Watson

Emma Strathdee

Euan Paton

Evie Caldwell

Ewan Arthur

Ishbel Mackenzie

Iona Lundie

Jack Dunnett

James A. McKenzie

Jennifer Souter

Joanne Hall

Joe Bloom

Louis Bennett

Mhari Davidson

Nicolle Gavin

Nikol Kantri Mylona

Ross Jordan

Ross Miller

Sarah Rogers

Shine Robert Christensen

Sylvia Tarvet

Zoe Hodgett

 

 

 

@ButtermilkWave // Alexandra Sarah

22nd May 2017 – 22nd June 2017

Started in 2016 by Europe-based photographer Alexandra Sarah, @ButtermilkWave is an ongoing project – a concept, an abstract idea through which the artist focuses mainly on intimate minimalistic portraiture – with a hint of fashion – to express her own state of mind.

Just like buttermilk itself, the portraits are both bitter and sweet, with a touch of acid and darkness, yet still soothing and ever-flowing. This represents the artist’s mentality; her personal experience with depression contradicts with her positive outlook and faith in the world, her heaviness of heart fighting every single day with her lively character.

Even though Alexandra Sarah employs image processing software, such as Photoshop, to better create her concept visually, she does not use it to alter personal characteristics or erase “flaws” – for she does not believe they exist. By engaging into more minimal approaches, and through the use of mostly cold and pastel tones, she makes her subjects her sole centre of attention, and brings out the genuine beauty that lies in each and every person.

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A GAME FOR GIRLS // STUART GIBBS

4th May 2017- 18th May 2017

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This exhibition has been a development from an earlier project ‘The First Ladies of Football’ which explored the history of women’s football a subject that has been until recently a relatively understudied subject.

Women’s football has been one of the fastest growing sports with an increasing media presence and yet very little is known about its origins and development. This project aims to address this deficit by presenting up to date research supported by artwork and images to tell the history of the Game. ‘Game for Girls’ made its debut at the Annan Museum during the summer of 2015 and to tie in with the upcoming European Championships a new tour of the exhibition kicked off last month at the Scottish Parliament. Among the audience for the show was Dumfriesshire MSP Joan McAlpine along with sports minister Aileen Campbell and local MSP Humza Yousaf, and later in the summer the exhibition will take up residence at the Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Besides artwork, a series of information panels have been produced which explain the development of the game with each panel focusing on a specific part of the story. The first panel for instance focuses on the birth of the game and the first references to women playing football; subsequent panels cover the first association games taking the narrative up to the present day.

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Alongside the Game for Girls exhibition, Stuart is also exhibiting a series of landscape oil paintings.

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SURF ’N’ TURF // Silas Parry

6th April 2017 – 23rd April 2017

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.

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‘Abyssal Shelf’

“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.

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‘Dust Storm Wisdom’

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.”

A JOURNEY FROM IBD TO ITALY // FRANCESCA COZZARI

23rd March 2017 – 23rd April 2017

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 Italy which combined two projects she had previously explored.

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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.

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‘Che Spettacolo’

See more of Francesca’s stunning work at:

https://www.facebook.com/Capolavori-Cozzari-Embroidery-389105651186818/

RENDER / 12th – 24th January 2017

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

Join us on the 24th of January for our Closing Party. More details can be found on our Facebook page: Render at Six Foot Gallery

DELTIOLOGY // EYE AM CAMERA

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.

Exhibiting artists:
Andrea Popyordanova
Bleu Hope
Calvin Downie
Cloud Tanadyńska
Diana Savova
Dimosthenis Bogiatzis
Elizaveta Maltseva
Evonne Bain
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Jack Low
Jiawei Song
Julia Barbour
Julie Huggan
Karen Beattie
Karolina Draczynska
Kevin Andrew Morris
Martin Hensey (Red Balloon Studio)
Megan Rudden
Morvern Odling
Paul Gorman
RebT
Samantha Dick
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Seirin Hyung
Stella Phipps
Tara Kathleen Stewart
Zoe McArthur

Six Foot Gallery will present Deltiology by Eye Am Camera from the  10th November 2016 – 24th November 2016. 

Join us for a unique closing party event on the 24th November from 6-8pm. 

Ex- Colonies by Sam Wood & Jack Low

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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

In conversation with Daniel Donnelly

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Last week we sat down with our current exhibiting artist Daniel Donnelly to talk to us about his current show Gravitational Geometry; The Method of Movement and Attraction

“My history with Art goes back many years, I found myself in a place called The Coach House Trust where I drew, wrote and played music. Five years down the line I came across a prospectus for Anniesland College. I sifted through the contents to find Art and noticed an NQ course in Contemporary Art, I signed up.

Five years later I have come out with a BA Honours in the practice. I have had good support to do this over time and I remain thankful for all of this.

The story of this exhibition will come under the title of Gravitational Geometry; The Method of Movement and Attraction. There is a big relevance to this title as it sums up the stages of the craft that I am looking into and the merging journey that I have frequently travelled over the years.

Put simply the work was inspired by a feeling I had about a personal need to be grateful for studying great artists, writers and philosophers whom I have encountered in books throughout the years. The portraits are involved in a slow and almost uninteresting motion that was to represent my feelings about their influence upon me, I think that these feeling are evident in the pieces almost as a mood.

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To brighten the darkness of my portraiture I have also over the years involved myself with geometric patterns. My first work therein was to complete 40 hand folded booklet full of unique and varying patterns and colours. An observation I made was in seeing that there is a vast amount of variations within this kind of work. After making several of these booklets I began to acquire a knowledge of particular form set down by my pencil and brush.  These booklets were small, the size of a CD cover. The next natural thing to do was to create images selected from the index books (as they have been referred to by fellow artists) and enlarge them up to 120 cm wide by 60 cm high canvases, each with their own pattern and colour. I refer to them as ‘colour to portrait’ and ‘colour to character’- for example the red coloured pattern I chose to go with Freud to represent his erotic ideas, and so on with each character’s famous idiom.”

Daniel is planning on touring with his current show after Six Foot and is planning on applying to a Master’s Degree in the new year as he “is ready as i can be”.