One of the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Festival is David Mach’s exhibition ‘Precious Light’, on now at the City Art Centre. Visiting the exhibition at the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting David Mach, who is a previous nominee for the Turner Prize and a Professor of Sculpture.
‘Precious Light’ celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the King James Bible. Comprised of photo and collage work over four floors of the art centre, each piece takes it’s inspiration from the Bible – and some of the pieces are very large. Mach has moved his studio into the top floor of the Art Centre, and visitors can watch him creating his final piece of the exhibition, a vast collage piece entitled ‘The Last Supper’. Notable pieces in the collection include the Devil’s Head, made entirely of matches (and a copy of which was set ablaze at the opening of the Festival); but the highlight has to be the enormous crucifixion scene, ‘Golgotha’, which fills the ground floor of the Art Centre and which is quite breathtaking.
Mach’s own website has this to say of the exhibition –
The exhibition, over three years in the making, explores the themes and legacy of the King James Bible in the year of its 400th anniversary. The text is widely regarded as one of the most influential works in the English language. Precious Light, which represents the Turner-nominated artist’s largest solo show to date, is a contemporary imagining of the King James Bible in collage, sculpture and words.
Revisiting ‘Arria’ recently, I was reminded of the images I made the first time I visited her. This is a re-processed version of one of those images.
‘Arria’ is the work of sculptor Andy Scott, who now has five pieces of art on public display in Scotland. Recently, the nocturnal illumination of Arria was completed -and while I’m not convinced the light colour is flattering to the sculpture, it does at least open up some new photographic possibilities, particularly as Arria has now been the subject of so very many photographs.
A dark image for Halloween.. Andy Scott’s “Rise – Spirit of Glasgow” sculpture, from Glasgow Harbour.
Earlier this year I visited Kelvingrove Art Gallery and saw the small exhibition by Glasgow artist David Shrigley. Part of the exhibition consisted of these small figures, almost like little plasticene people. The official blurb on the Kelvingrove website had this to say –
As part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010, the Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley was commissioned to create a specially conceived installation of sculptures for display in Kelvingrove.
The typically quirky results can be seen in the Study Centre, on the first floor of the venue; don’t miss your chance to see this unique and sometimes humourous work in the unlikely – but surprisingly complementary – setting of Kelvingrove.
They were quite interesting to look at and it was difficult not to wonder what it was all about. That aside, the exhibit presented possibilities for a reasonable composition although, because of the layout of the exhibit, the shot had to be handheld so a high ISO was needed to capture a decent shot. Reprocessing the shot much later, this was the final composition I settled on.
You can see official shots of the exhibits at the Kelvingrove page on Shrigley’s own website.
This is the latest piece of public artwork by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, entitled ‘Arria’. She is in the form of a female, her arms outstretched in front of her, highly stylised and comprised entirely of metal.
The BBC had this to say –
The artwork was created by artist Andy Scott and named Arria after Arria Fadilla, the mother of Emperor Antoninus.
It was selected following a competition asking locals to suggest a title for its new resident.
Mr Scott has produced several notable public artworks in Scotland, including the M8 Heavy Horse and Falkirk Helix Water Kelpies.
Part of the Cumbernauld Positive Image Project, the sculpture incorporates two large swooping arcs, inspired by the original name for Cumbernauld, “comar nan allt”, which means “coming together of waters” in Gaelic.
Arria is quite something to see and it will be hard for most people to come away without feeling impressed by her.