Glasgow is a maze of side streets and hidden gems – and the Virginia Gallery is a real find.
Under the exotic boutique Luke & Jack the 18+ venue specialises in and celebrates erotic art. But if you’re thinking smut – don’t be so prudish.
This wonderful little gallery showcases intriguing and interesting works that other galleries might shy away from – and has thankfully taken root and flourished.
Regal, raunchy, wonderful queens
Whatever you think about Queen Elizabeth II, Virginia’s latest exhibit 60 years, 60 Artists is definitely worth a look. It showcases the talents and interpretations of 60 artists for the Queen’s 60 year reign. Themed on ‘queen’ in all its many facets – works are daring and dynamic. Some like the much-hyped crowned nude porn star Le Majestié d’Issac Jones stirs obvious controversy – but there’s others that create a much deeper impression.
A stitch in time for Queen Quentin
The queen theme has inspired a variety of eclectic images of the flamboyant writer Quentin Crisp, portrayed with flair and depth in cross-stitch by artist Julie Robertson – icecream delight without a single calorie.
Another favourite is artist Yiannis Roussakis’ life size image of a regal Edwardian looking Queen (history’s not my strong point) in a London Underground tunnel for the Jubilee Line. The contrast between the two worlds is truly memorable – a perfect fusion of the Matrix and Doctor Who.
Go on, be amused
This imaginative and inspiring exhibition looks at queens from a variety of thought provoking angles – some that just might make you smile. On until the 30 June, it’s is not to be missed.
The Virginia Gallery is a wonderful space with an ever growing programme of events. I can’t wait to see what they’ll have in store for the Merchant City Festival and Glasgay. Watch that space.