Glasgow School of Art, The Graduate Degree Show September 2016 review by Pat Byrne
3 – 8 September, 2016
Jim and I try to get along to the Graduate Degree Show at the Art School every year. This year I had a special treat as my nephew, Sean, who is going into his third year at GSA invited me along to the preview at the Tontine Building. It’s the first time I’ve been in this part of the Art School and I’d never been to the preview before – so very exciting. I even enjoyed the view from the window.
Preview 2 September, Tontine Building
It was a fantastic exhibition; we were there for it opening at six p.m and just managed to take in the last few exhibits before it closed at nine p.m. It took us a while to make our way round as I bumped into some friends and had a chat with the restaurateur, Gordon Yuill, Gill Scott, Westender and previously lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and Elizabeth Reeder, the writer, who was one of my tutors on the M.Litt Creative Writing Course at Glasgow Uni. Then it’s always fun chatting to the graduates, who are invariably enthusiastic and happy to discuss their work.
I liked a lot of the pieces on display and among my favourties was the work of Claire de Mortimer who took me behind the scenes to see more of her vividly coloured unusual blurred landscapes. They are gorgeous but it is really beyond me to adequately describe them –you can learn more about her technique and intention on her website.
I also loved Irish artist Sarah Wilson’s pristine, sharply colourd, simple depictions of household items. Who would have thought that dusters and tea towels could look so fantastic. Sarah Wilson
There was no shortage of striking pieces such as George Moraintis’ horse coming through the wall and the quirky red beating heart.
Graduate Show – The Reid Building
I loved the subdued colours of Tae Y Ko’s paintings and the movement she captured in her simple images of children’s playgrounds featuring a swing or a shute. I was delighted to meet her in person when Jim and I went along to the see the Masters Degree Show at the Reid Building. By chance Tae was on duty at reception and we got chatting. When I asked her about her work she was very pleased that I remembered her paintings.
We loved Stefania Bruno’s ‘Lost in a Semantic Desert’ Project, which seemed to me to be amazingly clever. Combining voice, art and technology. Jim and I tried it out and when we both read out the same saying, two different illustrations appeared.
The creations of the textile and design graduates is always amazing and we loved the work of Patricia WuWu and Feng Yu.
There were lots of fascinating projects created by the MDes Design Innovation graduates including Juan Sanchez’ Colombian Handcrafts and Yerim Moon’s ‘Festival in the Rain’ Celebrating Glasgow’s Weather, which aims to make Kelvingrove Park more lively when it rains.
It seems that nothing, not even the weather, can put these graduates off Glasgow. They come from all over the world to study at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art and most of them would love nothing more than to remain in the city – and we would love to have them stay. Maybe eventually the UK government will see sense and get the message that Scotland needs to build its population and what could be better than holding onto these amazingly talented and well qualified graduates.
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