This exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery presents paintings and sculptures by Glasgow-based artist Neil Clements (b. 1982, Belfast). Neil Clements: Electric Eye continues The Hunterian’s innovative programme of contemporary art displays, and features new works made especially for this context.
Clements' work often echoes the abstract formal strategies of modernist art. He has, for instance, produced monochromatic paintings, shaped canvases and geometric sculptures; he has sometimes made adapted versions of iconic works by modernist artists such as Anthony Caro and Frank Stella. Clements alludes to these forms not only to explore and question their currency today but also to introduce new cultural contexts for understanding them. These contexts range from industrial design – including the covert production of military hardware – to the subcultures of popular music. This exhibition extends the artist’s interest in these areas through an installation of works that simultaneously evoke the furnishings of the gallery spaces in which modernist paintings were exhibited in the 1960s, and refer to the cultural climate of the Cold War.
The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ (attached to Univerity Library)