“I believe that we, that this planet, hasn’t seen its Golden Age. Everybody says its finished … art’s finished, rock and roll is dead, God is dead. Fuck that! This is my chance in the world. I didn’t live back there in Mesopotamia, I wasn’t there in the Garden of Eden, I wasn’t there with Emperor Han, I’m right here right now and I want now to be the Golden Age …if only each generation would realise that the time for greatness is right now when they’re alive … the time to flower is now.”
― Patti Smith
Exhibition at McLeannan Gallery
78.5″ x 92″ x 96″
The end of our academic year is here and 2nd year painting and print making are installing for our exhibition. My contribution is the same amount of space given by The Glasgow School of Art to me. The sense of frustration has not dimmed with The Art School continually making bad choices for pupils just today our hand in was moved forward but two days before but there’s an inservice day and a mandatory day of workshops leaving us in a panic.
The exhibition install involved a lot of compromise, trying to squeeze 79 pupils work in two galleries of average/small size is annoying. Health and safety told us we weren’t allowed to use the stairs when the years before had but the worst part of GSA exhibitions now is that only other students and staff attend. If you are not in the art school your name needs to be put down on a guest list one day before by a student. The people in the art school already know your work they follow you on Instagram.
The space installed taking inspiration from the day my shitty table broke and destroyed the ceramics I had been working on.
The installation was a set for performance, during that performance I drank a half bottle of buck fast in around 4 minutes there’s a livestream on Facebook for exact time.
Details included legitimate messages from eBay users and emails back and forth from staff requesting my transfer of departments. Change comes from action and we all need to draw attention to bullshit we see everyday.
79 students crammed into 2 small gallery spaces after 6 months of studio time (an academic year). One crit throughout the year and three 30 minute tutorials. The majority of students work unable to be displayed because of health and safety, even today there is no student access to an exhibition we were told was to be open all week. The space we are given is what we pay £1,820 to £27,750 a year for PLUS loans. The Art School taking in 25% extra students means 25% less time with tutors in an art school where the students feel like an after thought. It’s fucking frustrating.
This is The Glasgow School of Art.
Queer Poet Clubbers
A little spot of painting in the studio after not picking up the brush in a year or so. Acrylic, Oil Bar, Pencil and crayon on paper.
Studio mate and fellow Gaelic speaker Adam Smith relief printing a clubbers favorite room odorizer.
In the studio
First imagine is a drum skin I found in a skip round the corner from the tontine studio, this year I’m going be working with only materials I’ve found or have cost nothing to me. BONJO are preparing for their first gig the night of halloween.
Right image is of my studio wall as I try to plan out some ideas for projects.