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

Fionnuala McGowan – Fold, Crumple, Crease.

Fold, Crumple, Crease.

Fionnuala McGowan

Solo Exhibition – 17th – 31st March

Preview – Thursday 17th – 6-8pm

Fionnuala’s practice explores the tension between three-dimensional and two-dimensional forms and their roles in altering our spatial perception. Using a combination of print and sculpture, raw materials and photographic images, the artist encourages the viewer to question how they interact with and understand what they are seeing. The imagery and structures within the work reference abstract and geometric forms found within nature and science, and often use microscopic images as sources of inspiration. The artist manipulates these images through methods such as folding or crumpling and finally photocopying, producing prints which have an illusion of space and an uncertainty as to whether they depict something natural or artificial.

Iron Sculpture
Crumpled Sheet
Cave in
Disturbance

 

Best of Degree Show: Joanne Dawson

“The best thing I learnt from art school is to value your peers and be a support network for one another. You’ll end up learning thorough them.”

Joanne is interested by the ‘things’ we engage with in ordinary situations. Everydayness being subverted by foregrounding its support – how it is encountered contextually and in the way it is presented. The physical work she produces is a double of what already exists, a metaphysical reflection on society, with objects that attempt to locate the position they aspire to copy, maybe as a soft replication or of an indication to something else. Working primarily through the use of sculpture, installation, and printmaking, Dawson deals with the functionalities of the commonplace, intervention and object through site-specific research. On Joanne’s agenda next is beginning to work towards a number of shows including G-unit in the Savoy Center, Glasgow, and the Embassy Graduate Show in Edinburgh in September. She currently has a shared studio at Crownpoint Studios in the East End of Glasgow.

http://www.joannedawson.co.uk/

Victoria Shennan – Artist in Residence

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Victoria at work

From today until 12th of August Six Foot Gallery will be showing works by our Artist in Residence, Victoria Shennan. We asked her a couple of questions about her art and how working as an artist in residence has affected her practice. Have a read!

How would you describe your work and your practices? 

I am an interdisciplinary maker. I think through making. Exploring the visceral nature of materials allows my thoughts to percolate as I connect materials, processes and ideas. 

I am interested exploring perception and the ineffable, capturing materials in flux and expressing this in-between state through objects we are most familiar with jewellery and everyday items.

Since taking up the Artist in Residency it seems you’ve been doing some interesting things. Could you explain to us the techniques you’ve been employing in your work lately and what you’ve been doing throughout the residency?

I set out to explore different avenues of making and translating ideas, capturing everyday, ephemeral moments and translating them into something tangible. Experimenting with different photography techniques such as double exposure photographs, boiled film and making filters for my camera allowed me to explore the border line between interior and exterior realities. These created another dimension to the images; the results were multifaceted and unexpected as everyday images became unfamiliar and shaded into the extraordinary.

Translating this into materials, I experimented with wax to create distorted, malleable, unfamiliar forms. 

Did you have an idea of what you wanted to achieve through the Residency and if so, what?

The residency was a fantastic opportunity to focus on new ways of attuning to my environment, recording information and trying out new materials and techniques. I thought of it as an intensive short period to explore and dive into something new.  

How has the Residency experience been for you?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the residency, it has been really refreshing to be able to focus solely on making work without all the everyday distractions in the peripheries. It is a luxury to have such a huge workspace to yourself and to be located directly opposite the workshop!

Both the gallery and hotel staff have went above and beyond to help and accommodate me. 

Do you feel the Residency has affected or developed your practice in any way?

Time spent at the residency has been really valuable as it has allowed me to return to my intuition. It has also happened at a time when I am linking different avenues of my practice, recording and translating ideas into objects and experiences in different ways, such as sound recordings and photographs, writing, material studies and altering objects. Much of this has not made its way out of my sketchbook yet as I was only able to explore a fraction of my ideas in this time, so it has given me much food for thought about future work and possibilities. 

How have you found Glasgow as the location for the Residency?

I’m originally from Glasgow but have been in London for the past year while undertaking a Masters Degree and it has been a joy to return and have the opportunity to stay right in the heart of the city centre to get to know Glasgow in a whole new way. Glasgow is a multi-layered and diverse city but this was amplified by the Commonwealth games, so I think I am really lucky to be here when there is so much vibrant activity going on.

As part of the residency you stay in the Menzies hotel, across from the studio – how has it been living in a hotel for a month?  

Living in a hotel was initially a bit surreal but it has been a wonderful experience. Highlights include being able to go out for a walk along the Clyde in the morning to take some photos and coming back for a great breakfast. The studio is directly opposite the hotel, so being able to nip back if you forget something or work late into the night when the mood takes you. Also there is a pool and a sauna, which is a great break if you have been working away all day!