Industrial Aesthetics

Environmental Influences on Recent Art from Scotland

Featured Artist: Ilana Halperin

Ilana Halperin

Physical Geology (new landmass/fast time), 2009 
Super 8 Film transfered to DVD; 3 minutes, 48 seconds

Ilana Halperin (b. 1973 in New York) received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2000. Solo exhibitions include, “Physical Geology (slow time)” at Artists Space (New York, 2009); “Physical Geology” at the Manchester Museum, Alchemy Project (Manchester, 2008); “Towards Heilprin Land” at Doggerfisher (Edinburgh, 2007); and “Infinite Orogeny” (with Adam Putnam) at Studio Visconti (Milan, 2007). Halperin has participated in exhibitions at Compton Verney (Warwickshire, UK, 2010); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2010); and the Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh, 2009); Halperin is the recipient of numerous awards including a British Council Darwin Now Award (2009) and a Scottish Arts Council Artists Award (2006).

Featured Artist: Carla Scott Fullerton

Carla Scott Fullerton

Interlock Lines II, 2010

Plywood, osb wood, stain; 51.2 x 31.5 x 11.8 in.

Carla Scott Fullerton (b. 1980, Edinburgh) received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2008. Solo exhibitions include “Open Space” at Art Cologne (Cologne, 2010); “Lines and Pours” at Chert (Berlin, 2009); and “Cut Line” at Ten Til Ten (Glasgow, 2009). Her two person show “Immovable Parts” (with Karin Stewart) was held at the Project Room 103 (Glasgow, 2011); Fullerton’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Galerie Carlos Cardenas (Paris, 2010); Lambretto Art Project (Milan, 2009); Tulips and Roses (Vilnius, 2009); and the LH Gallery (Paris, 2008). In 2011 she was awarded the Royal Standard Artist Residency in Liverpool, UK, and in 2008, she was awarded the Glasgow Sculpture Studios MFA Graduate Fellowship Prize.

Featured Artist: Alex Frost

Alex Frost

Adult (After Eight Mints), 2007

Ceramic tiles, grout, glue, on polystyrene, 18.1 x 42.5 x 19.7 in

Alex Frost (b. 1973 in London) received his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 1998. Selected solo exhibitions include, “The Connoisseurs” at Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee, 2010);  “BBQ” at Artsway (Hampshire, 2008); “Compassion Fatigue” at Sorcha Dallas (Glasgow, 2008); “Adults” at Galerie Sandra Buergel (Berlin, 2007); and “1973” at The Changing Room (Stirling, UK, 2004). Frost has also participated in exhibitions at Gimpel Fils (London, 2011); Museum Ludwig (Cologne 2010); and Anton Kern (New York, 2008). In 2009, Frost participated in Artsway at Venice, Palazzo Zenobio (Artsway’s New Forest Pavilion at the Venice Biennale). Frost has received numerous awards including the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program in 2009; a Scottish Arts Council Artists Award in 2005; and a Hope Scott Grant in 2004.

Featured Artist: Neil Clements

Neil Clements

RV2 and RV3, 2010

Oil on Canvas, 91.7 x 67.3 in. Installation View

Neil Clements (b. 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) received his M Res from the Glasgow School of Art in 2008. Solo exhibitions include, “Bad History” at the Woodmill (London, 2011); “Prop Man” at LOG (Bergamo, 2010) and “XV***” at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie (Zurich, 2009). In 2011 he participated in the group exhibition “Look with all your eyes, look” at the Frith Street Gallery, London. He has also participated in exhibitions at Grimm Fine Art (Amsterdam, 2008); Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee, 2008) and Galerie Markus Winter (Berlin, 2007) among many other venues. In 2010 Clements was selected for Jerwood Contemporary Painters.

Featured Artist: Ruth Barker

Ruth Barker

Woodwose New York, 2011

Carved wood (horse chestnut), reclaimed industrial rubber; 35.4 x 31.5 x 15.7 in.

Ruth Barker (b. 1979 in Leeds, UK) received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2004. In 2011, she performed And the Three Mothers Ask: Don’t You Know Me?” at the Segedunum Museum in Wallsend, and she showed work in “Petrosphere”at the ReMap Festival in Athens. Previously, Barker presented her work at the Sils Project space (Rotterdam, 2010); Stills Gallery (Edinburgh, 2009); and Galerie Adler (Frankfurt, 2007), among other venues. In 2008 Barker created “The Choir Loft” a public memorial, commissioned by Blackpool Council. Barker is a contributing editor to måg magazine.

Featured Artist: Laura Aldridge

Laura Aldridge

Preparations (you are a fucking inanimate object), 2010.

Poster prints, fabric, paper, thread and pot pourri, 66.9 x 66.9 in.

Laura Aldridge (b. 1978 in Frimley, UK) received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Cairn (Pittenweem, UK, 2011); and Studio Voltaire (London, 2011). In 2010 her solo exhibition “Cats are not Important” was held at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow. Aldridge has also shown at Independent (New York, 2011); Generator Projects (Dundee, 2009); and the Fabio Tiboni Gallery (Bologne, 2008), among other venues. In 2010, Aldridge created a publication for the Transmission Gallery featuring an essay by Leslie Dick. She has held numerous residencies, including the Scottish Arts Council Amsterdam Residency in 2009 and the Esmee Fairburn Program in Cove Park, Scotland in 2007. In 2010 and in 2008, Aldridge was awarded a Glasgow Visual Arts Grant.

Participating Artists

Industrial Aesthetics is pleased to announce the following artists will be participating in the exhibition:

Laura Aldridge

Ruth Barker

Neil Clements

Martin Creed

Rory Donaldson

Alex Frost

Carla Scott Fullerton

Douglas Gordon

 Jessica Harrison

Ilana Halperin

Iain Hetherington

Jim Lambie

Duncan Marquiss

James McLardy

Andrew Miller

Dan Miller

Craig Mulholland

Alex Pollard

Kate V. Robertson

Gary Rough

John Shankie

Sandy Smith

Ric Warren

Organized by Darren Jones

What Is “Industrial Aesthetics”?

Industrial Aesthetics is an engineering term used to describe buildings in which the internal structure or construction is given visual dominance, even including service machinery. Bridges are an example of Industrial Aesthetics. The term is borrowed here to refer to this exhibition’s investigation into the internal workings of the Glasgow – and by extension – Scottish art scene. Glasgow’s industrial, civic and built heritage is utilized as a framework to examine the elements of labor, aesthetics and community that influence the work by participating artists.