Rhona Mühlebach, Loch Long, Intermedia Gallery, CCA Glasgow
A four-screen video installation from Glasgow-based Swiss artist Rhona Mühlebach. In this solo exhibition the artist turns her attention to the role ecology can have in narrative construction. Developed during a residency at Cove Park in 2018, the work looks deeper into how natural environments can function as a ‘living archive and mnemonic device’. The history, water and the inhabitants of Loch Long are explored through a narrative written as a play, with characters including a swimmer, scientist, spy and victim.
Until 19 May 2019. www.cca-glasgow.com
Ralph Anderson, This Is For You, JGM Gallery, London
London-based Glaswegian artist Ralph Anderson exhibits his uniquely bold paintings, using acrylic on aluminium in a style developed over 20 years of dedicated practice. This solo show is a chance to see how Anderson has ‘entirely isolated the mark’, to pursue a more representational direction in his work. On first sight these site-responsive works appear abstract, but they are in fact paintings developed as ‘representational renditions’ of rigorous drawings fuelled by a compositional enquiry, comparable to how Roy Lichtenstein’s brushstroke accentuates both the mark and material.
Until 8 June 2019. www.jgmgallery.com
Zoë Power, OVERLAY, That Art Gallery, Bristol
A solo exhibition by Bristol-based artist Zoë Power, with work that executes symmetry, repetition and shape to address themes of connection, femininity and the mind. The artist interrogates methods involved in screen printing as well as hand-printing to reveal ‘happy accidents’ within compositions full of disrupted shapes and overlapping colours. With a background in mural painting, Power fills her work with energetic overlays and a bold palette, to abstract her subject matter – bodies, faces and plants – with reference to art deco and cubism.
Until 18 May 2019. www.thatartgallery.com
Agitated Presence, The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
An exhibition by a group of East Yorkshire and Hull-based painters who develop artwork, either incidentally or wholly, through the used of photography and computer software. Paul Collinson, Gary Saunt, Kat Saunt and Steve Upton display pieces that look into how an ‘idea’ is organised and generated, from source material to application. Their work also looks at how images are captured during a process of ‘agitation’.
Until 2 June 2019. www.the-ropewalk.co.uk
Para-Site-Seeing: Departure Lounge, LifeSpace, University of Dundee, Dundee
An art-science exhibition by Rod Dillon and Jen Southern which displays life from the perspective of the Leishmania parasite. The deadly parasite uses sand flies as a mode of transport, and has been travelling for millions of years catching flights between humans and animals. This show sees the extension of Dillon and Southern’s travel blog PARA-SITE-SEEING.org, a co-commission from NEoN2018 Festival and University of Dundee’s Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research. The presentation, or ‘departure lounge’, allows visitors to view life from a uniquely parasitical perspective.
Until 31 August 2019. lifespace.dundee.ac.uk
1. Rhona Mühlebach, Loch Long, 2019, still from four screen video installation, 24 minutes
2. Ralph Anderson, ‘This is For You’, 2019, installation view at JGM Gallery
3. Paul Collinson, ‘Annunciation’, oil on canvas, 81cm x120cm. Courtesy: artist
4. Artwork by Zoë Power. Courtesy: artist
5. Sand fly Scanning Electron Microscope, from Rod Dillon and Jen Southern’s ‘Para-site-seeing: Departure Lounge’, 2019. Image: Alan Prescott (Dundee Imaging Facility).
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