Tag Archives: Art

A not so Silent Sunday…

Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in GlasgowSo you’re determined to finish the last of your Christmas shopping.

But when the hustle and bustle gets too much, take solace. Escape frantic shoppers and general festive mayhem in the magical surroundings of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

There you’ll find tranquillity, beauty and inspiration. Refuel with a coffee in their café. And if you must continue your shopping quest, check out their cool wee gift shop.



Silent Sunday – 23 September

Beware of Glasgow’s fiery fierce Tiger…

Tiger mural in Glasgow

Silent Sunday – 12 August

Laundry day never looked so artful……

Merchant City, Glasgow

Banging drums and bouncing on Stonehenge

A rare weekend without the kids means we can wander around the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art at our own relaxed pace. My art student other half is the expert; I’m going along as the clueless admirer.

Mackintosh, magic shapes and music mayhem

Glasgow School of Art is our first stop where we’re welcomed by the colourful set of Folkert de Jong’s The Immortals figurative sculptures.

Inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh, the work is uplifting, smile rousing – and the female sculpture has something mischievous about her. Go on, take a look.

Dialogue of Hands sculpture park, GlasgowNext it’s onto the Dialogue of Hands at the City of Glasgow College, an outdoor sculpture park for children and adults.

Having no children with me,  I throw caution to the wind and freely climb inside odd shapes and balance along installations.  Favourites include the big yellow tubes with kettle-like drums at the end, complete with drumsticks.

My husband is lost in his musical world bashing away when a woman scolds him for ‘banging too loudly’. Mood killed, we leave. But I encourage everyone see this imaginative, interactive piece – and bang the drums loudly. That’s what they’re made for.

Take a running leap – if only in your mind

Karla Black, GI Festival 2012,  GOMA, GlasgowI want to take a running leap right into the middle of Karla Black’s  amazing installation at GoMA. This magical must-see brings you into a world of huge, layered rectangles of sawdust with taped circles dropping from the ceiling daubed with bronze and gold.

It’s like walking inside a circus tent waiting for trapeze artists to appear. And around the edges scooped out holes appear in the sawdust with little creatures on the ground – as if they’ve burrowed out. Fantastic.

Savour the visual spectacles

The festival spreads across the city from the West End with Wolfgang Hillman’s work, to the East End where you can bounce on Stonehenge and your chance to appear in a film in  The Making of Us on the South Side.

This imaginative festival only happens once every two years – so don’t miss the many visual spectacles happening around the city until 7 May.


Sharmanka: a unique vision worth seeing

Enter if you dare….

The lights are dim, haunting music plays;  I’m surrounded by machines and consumed by a slightly uneasy feeling of eeriness.

Horned creature at SharmankaI have no idea what to expect at Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre at Trongate 103.   The exhibition is a  mixture of sculptures that combine bizarre carvings of animals and distorted human figures with pieces of scrap.

Frankenstein meets Bambi

Monkeys, rats and skulls nestle amongst kitchen utensils, assorted wheels and sewing machines.  Unusual – creepy even.  But the end result is hugely intriguing – especially when you consider when and how the sculptures were built.

Living under the Communist Regime – the work was created by Russian Eduard Bersudksy.  In his one room apartment he crafted a unique and bold vision that bravely fell outside the realms of art at that time.

Do stay for the show!

Sharmanka  at Trongate 103You can wander around the exhibits for free – or for a mere £5 you can experience Sharmanka in all its glory by watching the incredible 40 minute show (free for kids with accompanying adult).

Trust me and stay for the show; it brings the sculptures to life; the magical story unfolds before your eyes.  Light and sound stir your emotions as the glaring red eyes of a miniature cheetah swinging on trapeze holds your gaze.  It will certainly stay with me a while.

The Nickodym and the Forget Me Not Russian Troika are among my favourite sculptures.  But you must see it to believe it.

Words are not enough.