08 March 2010

Gallacher & Warren | Future Proof


Foyer of The Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA
Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm
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This is a newly interactive variation of the previously exhibited "Town Planners Table", (Collective Gallery, 2009). A small table will hold sheets of aluminium foil and a monitor. The monitor will display a new film work, which will take the guise of an educational science video showing the audience various methods of creating models from the aluminium foil. This will hopefully encourage viewers of all ages to interact with the work by making there own models and placing them on the large table.

The work is intended to create a platform for the simulation of a prototype cityscape. The viewer is invited to explore their notion of a future urban utopia by taking on the role of architect and town planner. Drawing inspiration from the Russian Constructivist’s ‘laboratory phase’ this piece is concerned with the generation and working through of hypotheses. There is an emphasis on experimentation and not towards the creation of a functional end. In playing out the scenarios the viewer is encouraged to question their aspirations for the city and to consider the future a product of choice rather than progress.

Artist Statement:

Brought together by the curatorial team PLACE Projects, Gallacher & Warren is the creative collaboration of Glasgow based artists Kate Gallacher and Ric Warren. With a shared interest in architecture and town planning, we were asked to research and make artwork collaboratively for the 2009 New Work Scotland Programme (NWSP) at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. For this project, entitled FUTUREPROOF, we began to explore current trends in the revitalisation of urban landscapes, heavily focusing our research on the redeveloped areas of Glasgow’s river Clyde. In addition to exploring the ‘language of regeneration’, we created drawings and small sculptures inspired by architectural models, clad with various reflective silver materials, such as aluminium foil, in order to reference a vernacular of contemporary architecture associated with ‘urban reform’. These we then exhibited using a method of display associated with architectural trade shows.

Artist Contact:

Ric Warren  [replace -at- with @]


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