Sunday, 16 November 2014

Below another sky @ Aberdeen Art Gallery!

Its funny how you can follow an artist or gallery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, maybe even Tinder if they're into that kind of thing but you still don't always find out what's going on. It was only through an awkward wait in a reception that I picked up a brochure for Below another sky which led to me to Aberdeen Art Gallery for a look.

Below another sky has been 2 years in the making and is part of the Commonwealth Games Scotland 2014 Year of Culture. The project took 10 UK artists and sent them off to live and work in different Commonwealth countries while 10 International artists were invited to Scotland to work with the Scottish Print Network. The artists were tasked with a cultural investigation of sorts, exploring and experiencing their destinations and turning those experiences into a piece of work or set of prints. Aberdeen's Peacock Visual Arts were one of the supporting partners in the project along with the Glasgow Print Studio, the DCA in Dundee, Edinburgh Printmakers and Highland Print Studio

The results of the exchange are currently on display at the Art Gallery and they are really worth checking out. Although each artist has been tasked with using the same medium they've each taken their own unique approach to the brief and of course the diversity of their individual experiences shines through. Some personal favourites were Julia Dault's geometric layered works which are really nice to look at up close, Rohini Devasher's "Always Take The Weather With You" is pretty mesmerising and the grainy finish on her prints adds a little something. Michael Fullerton's portraits stand out for their tonal quality and almost solarized effect while Jim Lambie's "Sun Visor" is just a beautiful explosion of colour! Seher Shah shows some mind bending prints which play with 3D on a 2D surface and David Shrigley's textural pieces bring add his own unique sense of humour to the show. I think the piece which stood out he most though is Scott Myles text piece "Gimme Shelter". Although sticking to the same format as his previous works the words seem to jump off the page and slap you round the head. I think there's a real messy energy to the work which is quite refreshing, seeing the ink smudged edges of his prints, left for all to see is great.

Of course all the work on display is fantastic and as a whole is a really spcecial body of work. And as it took 2 years to bring it all together I would bloody hope so. You can find out information about each artist and where they went on their travels via the Below another sky website and they've also produced a really nice booklet which you can pick up at Peacock Visual Arts. The show will run from now until the 24th January 2015 so make sure you pop in for a look and immerse yourself in something new.