VAS Annual Open Exhibition 2011
Sat 5th February – Thurs 3rd March
RSA Upper Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh
In 2011 Visual Arts Scotland’s Annual Exhibition was held in the beautiful, spacious upper galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy, which we shared with the SSA. The show continued our proud tradition to exhibit the best of the applied arts alongside fine art, celebrating the strength and diversity of contemporary work across all forms. As well as 300 works handpicked form a submission of over 800, this years exhibition was complimented by a specially curated selection of hand-made artists’ books, and two invited artists; Geoffrey Mann and Robert Callender.
Geoffrey Mann is a Scottish artist and design lecturer whose fascination with transposing the ephemeral nature of time and motion has created a studio practice that challenges the existing divides between art, craft and design. In 2008, Mann was awarded the World Craft Council Prize for Glass and in 2009 won the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize. Mann has work included in MoMA New York, Design and Architecture collection and MAD New York, Design and Applied permanent collections.
Geoff will be presented an animation and selection of objects from the ‘Crossfire’ series, the focus of which was to examine the intangible characteristic of the spoken word and investigate the unseen affect of sound upon its inhabited environment. ‘Crossfire’ has since been aquired by the British Crafts Council for their permanent collection.
Callender’s subjects are pieces of driftwood and various fragments, which come away from wrecked boats, and other material found on the high tide line. At first sight his sculptures look like ‘found objects’, when in fact they are incredibly plausible-looking, three dimentional facsimiles made from paper pulp, cardboard, and paint, pigmented and given a texture using peat, saw-dust, and wood ash.