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Home Diversions

08 July - 03 August 2014 Tues - Sun 11am-5pm

Preview: 05 July 2014, 7pm

Justin Stephens & Sogol Mabadi

Transmission are delighted to present Home Diversions, a two-person show with work by Justin Stephens and Sogol Mabadi. Having both shown in Glasgow and internationally, it will be the first time the two artists have exhibited together.

When we asked Justin and Sogol to make a show together, our initial email presented them with some thoughts on the application of found objects and the multiple meaning of ‘gesture’ as potential links between their respective practices - such as the banality of objects re-imagined and loaded with sentiment. Or the gesture involved in the invitation from the gallery to the exhibiting artists. We began by thinking of the show as two solo exhibitions in the same space: a sense of accountability and restraint inherent to Justin and Sogol’s work made us feel that they could play well together.

In Justin Stephens’ practice, the history of abstract painting is both acknowledged and manipulated like plasticine. His paintings are formed of oblique marks and banal objects that offer themselves to be absorbed from the surfaces and textures of the studio onto the canvas. Simultaneously self-assured, scrappy and reticent, the resulting works function as portraits of an intent practice and studio exertions. For Home Diversions, Justin will be presenting a selection of paintings produced intensively in the run up to the show.

Sogol Mabadi’s work for Home Diversions will not include performance and will be the first purely sculptural exhibition that Sogol has shown, a combination of sculptures that were first used four years ago in a performance, and new pieces; together comprising The Family. Originally cased in material but now bare, they are an attempt to ‘lift a veil’. They are here presented without the many phases of hair and material that have been added and removed from her performances and objects. Now lifted - The Family shed their canvas skin. The sculptures have been re-made from the original materials, with added foam for support and corks to contain and hold. Decoration or ‘masking’ was (where possible) avoided.

The show also coincides with the removal of the wall at the front of the gallery. The decision was based on a practical restructuring of the space and less definite feelings on opening up and summertime.

Gallery Space 2

Sport, Sport, Sport

31 July - 31 July 2014

Preview: 31 July 2014, 7pm

curated by Tiffany Boyle

 A Screening Programme of Soviet-Era Cinema and Artist Moving Image

Elem Klimov | Laura Horelli | Jo Longhurst

Kinning Park Complex | 31 July | 7 pm

The first in a series of four events, the ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’ screening programme is structured around three Soviet-era cinema works, all of which feature gymnastics: Elem Klimov’s ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’ [1970] VÄ›ra Chytilová’s ‘Something Different’ [1963] and perestroika-era ‘Little Dolls’ [1988] from Isaak Fridberg. Rarely or never seen before in the UK, translated and subtitled especially for the programme and all early-career works, the programme engages with the lack of critical material surrounding these films. This lack is mirrored in the absence of attention to sporting themes in artist moving image, and the programme as a whole draws upon the long-running ties between sport, the body in motion and early experiments in film. Through the juxtaposition of the works, the programme examines the relationship between sport in cinema and artist moving image, and  the influence of this particular period of film-making and its aesthetics in contemporary art.
The title of the programme takes its name from the first of the cinema works to be screened at the Kinning Park event, Elem Klimov’s ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’: a film appropriating documentary footage from the stadiums of Moscow, Philadelphia, Stockholm and Mexico City, laced with allegory and satire. The film will be accompanied by two artist works: ‘You Go Where You’re Sent’ [2003] from Laura Horelli and ‘Present’ [2013] by Jo Longhurst.

Curated by Tiffany Boyle in collaboration with Transmission Gallery and Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image. Presented with Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow Film Theatre and Gordon Square Cinema.

Presented with Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow Film Theatre and Gordon Square Cinema.
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