Artist Talk: Gwen Hardie: Earthly Bodies – Thursday, July 26, 2018, 18:30-20:30
In conversation with Gallery 23 director, Dr. Julie Hansen. Simultaneously engaging themes of the microcosm and the universal, Hardie’s works are often magnified to the point of abstraction.
Focusing her intense gaze on skin and bodily surface, Hardie probes the minute flaws and imperfections of our bodies, eventually revealing truths inherent in both our physical and psychological selves.
Reuse, Reinvent, Reimagine Exhibition, August 10th – 28th, 2018
Reuse Exhibition Opening Preview – Friday, August 10th, 7:00- 10:00 p.m. Free
Gallery 23 is pleased to present our Fringe Festival exhibition along with a series of accompanying events intended to highlight some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems: the inability of humankind to effectively cope with the disposal of the vast amounts of household and industrial waste and the destruction of the natural world for profit and pleasure. In particular, the exhibition will explore how contemporary artists in Scotland are engaging with environmental issues today and the manner in which these ideas can be implemented into agents of change. The artists who will exhibit in Reuse, Reinvent, Reimagine include Janeanne Gilchrist (2018 Fergusson Arts Award Winner), Michele Marcoux, Andy McIntosch, Sally Price, Anke-Beate Stahl, Dorothy Jackson, Klaus Pinter, and others. All employ a variety of found, recycled and traditional materials to navigate the contemporary political landscape, while simultaneously speaking to the plight of the contemporary human condition amidst widespread environmental chaos.
Our exhibition seeks to place visitors in a site of alternate transformation—a space in which ideas regarding the natural world and leftover products of human consumption will be challenged and remade. Can discarded objects be refashioned and made meaningful through artists’ imagination? This exhibition aims to inspire a collective community conversation that can lead to action and societal change.
Cinetopia Film Screening: Plastic Man (2017) – Wednesday, August 15th, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Featuring director Yulia Kovanova. Free.
This acclaimed documentary short film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland. It features Ross McLean – environmental artist and landscape architect, whose art practice explores ideas about Nature and ecology, which inform a range of performance based works within varying urban and ecological settings.
All Ages Recycling Workshop with Sally Price – Saturday, August 18th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Artist Sally Price (Jupiter Artland) teaches all ages, from 2 to 82. Her projects are explorative, fun and relaxed, and her primary focus is in encouraging and supporting others to develop and enjoy their own creativity. Her workshop will create unique sculptural objects with colourful, recycled materials.
Artist Talk: Janeanne Gilchrist – Saturday, August 18th, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Free
2018 Fergusson Arts Award Winner, Gilchrist’s evocative underwater photographs capture the destruction and pollution of the world’s oceans and the havoc of waste and wide-scale fishing nets on marine life. A free diver for over ten years, Gilchrist’s lush photographs invite us to discover an exquisite new and weightless world, one in which life and matter exist in a constant state of flux.