Installation shot from Poppies, a collaboration between Max Brand and Joanne Robertson

Installation shot from Poppies, a collaboration between Max Brand and Joanne Robertson

(GoMA) presents the debut collaboration between Max Brand (b. 1982, Leipzig) and Joanne Robertson (b. 1979, Manchester). The exhibition features new painting and sculpture by these exciting, emerging contemporary artists, together with a musical work co-produced in the lead-up to the exhibition’s opening.

The show brings together two international painters, who also work as musicians. Central to the exhibition is Brand and Robertson’s desire to ‘expand’ traditional media. They paint directly onto the wall and floor, as well as displaying huge wall hung canvases, floor sculptures and hanging lights, all accompanied by a sound installation. This approach transforms painting from something restricted within a frame to something resistant to containment. Visitors can expect bright, energetic works that appear to have exploded across the gallery space.

Joanne Robertson has been working in Glasgow having previously studied at the Glasgow School of Art. She is well-known in the city for the important role she has played in its art and music scene for many years. Her work has previously been shown in the city at CCA and Mary Mary gallery. This is the first time Brand’s work has gone on display in Glasgow/ Scotland.

Poppies offers a rich and immersive experience, overlaying the visual elements with a soundtrack specially commissioned to feature in the exhibition. Poppies explores how contemporary art in Glasgow continues to grow and evolve, considering how art transcends different mediums in the same exhibition.

Speaking about the project, curator of contemporary art, Paul Pieroni said: “It’s very exciting to open up GoMA to artists like Max and Jo. As they’re working together for the first time, I expect something fresh and bold to come from them. I think the unpredictability of new collaborations is important. We’re proud to place our faith in these two artists, to give them the space and time to work towards something unique for the museum.”

Maman 2014

Maman (2014)

Moyna Flannigan
29 May – 2 November 2014
Gallery 3

Moyna Flannigan paints images of fictional characters who reflect the mood of our time. Her paintings and works on paper cast a critical and often humorous eye on the effects of power on personal, cultural and political identity. Although they have their roots in Flannigan’s keen observation of the world around her, her figures have increasingly developed a more mythical quality. Their failings, incongruities or follies are our own, only more spectacular and more compelling.

She develops her paintings slowly, working on more than one painting at a time. Light and space are created through successive layers of contrasting colours. the image forms after many changes, additions and subtractions. She does not work from photographs or models but builds an image from a multitude of sources, which are passed through the filter of her memory and vivid imagination. Her recent paintings of women present the female figure on a monumental scale, challenging the stereotype of female representation in painting.

For GENERATION Flannigan has created a new body of work for this exhibition, entitled Stare. She draws on the story of Adam and Eve to reflect and underlying conflict between individualism and conformity. Her series of drawings The First People were inspired by sources as wide-ranging as Massaccio’s Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (1425) in the Brancacci Chapel, Florence, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Bed-in. The paintings focus on the archetypal figure of Eve, and original model, which she reinvents for our times. Parallels can be drawn with current events but Flannigan’s painted reality is created from the uncertainty of dream, memory and experience.

Moyna Flannigan (born 1963 in Scotland) completed her BA at Edinburgh College of Art in 1985. In 1987 she received an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work is represented in many international public and private collections. She currently lives and works in the Edinburgh area.

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January is an exciting month if you like contemporary painting!

GoMA is teaming up with Glasgow School of Art for three events around the painting exhibition currently on in GoMA, A Picture Show, and they are all FREE you just have to book a place.

First up is a symposium hosted across both venues on Tuesday the 21st of January. The backdrop of this symposium is A Picture Show but the day will focus on wider issues within contemporary painting with key note speakers; artist Melissa Gordon and artist & curator at Norway’s National Gallery Gavin Jantjes. The day will start at GoMA in the morning and finish in the Mackintosh Lecture theatre in Glasgow School of Art in the afternoon. With a keynote speaker and panel discussion we hope the day will be engaging, challenging and thought provoking. A must for anyone with an interest in painting today.

 Book through Eventbrite via this link:

The other two events are informal conversation events by the artists in A Picture Show.

The first one on Thursday the 23rd of January at 6pm will see Merlin James, Hanneline Visnes & Charlie Hammond in conversation. Talking about their work in Gallery 2 the artist will walk around the exhibition discussing their work, the show and the wider context of contemporary painting.

The second event will take place on Thursday the 30th of January at 6pm and will consist of Neil Clements, George Ziffo & Andrew Kerr in conversation. The events will run 6pm – 7:30pm.

 Thursday 23rd of January event

 Thursday the 30th of January

Here’s a link to a full tour of A Picture Show by curator Sean McGlashan

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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