Moving Image Season Opens at Gallery of Modern Art
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Moving Image Season Opens at Gallery of Modern Art

17/04/2015
Gallery of Modern Art Presents Moving Image Season: A Changing Display of Moving Image Based Works

A new programme has opened at the Gallery of Modern Art containing works from multiple artists inspired by the moving image. Moving Image Season will show works from Katy Dove, Stephen Hurrel and Ruth Brennan, and Phil Collins. The programme runs until August 2015 and will see each artist have works on display in Gallery 1 one after the other.

Moving Image Season is free to access and was launched with four selected animation works from the late Glasgow based artist and musician Katy Dove. Dove’s four works are part of the upcoming exhibition at Gallery of Modern Art called Ripples on the Pond which is a collection of Glasgow Museums owned works by female artists set to open at the end of April. In May Moving Image Season will change to present a new audio-video installation, Clyde Reflections, by artist Stephen Hurrel and social ecologist Ruth Brennan. The project comprises of several interviews with different people about their relationship with the marine environment around the Firth of Clyde. The final instalment of Moving Images Season comes from Phil Collins with Tomorrow is Always Too Long. Incorporating animation and a star studded soundtrack this project provides a distinctive vision of Glasgow from the people who make up the heart and soul of the city. 

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “The Gallery of Modern Art continues to be one of Glasgow’s most popular cultural venues and the exciting summer ahead of exhibitions and events shows yet again how the city offers the very best art from a range of platforms to residents and visitors alike. Fittingly this exciting new programme at GoMA will get to the heart of the rich heritage, culture, and landscape of Glasgow and Scotland’s places and people.”

Isla Lever Yap, from LUX Scotland, a dedicated support agency for artists working with moving image, said: “That Katy Dove's work opens the Moving Image Season as part of the upcoming exhibition 'Ripples on the Pond' -- an ambitious and emotionally expressive GoMA project -- is testament to the vibrant lyricism of Dove's work and its capacity to build associative and symphonic links to diverse creative activities: animation, music, collage and a key aspect of both her practice and 'Ripples on the Pond': collaboration.”

Stephen Hurrel and Ruth Brennan, the creative duo behind Clyde Reflections, said: "We are delighted that Clyde Reflections has found a temporary home at GoMA as part of the upcoming Moving Image Season. Our approach to producing this film was to interview a diverse range of people connected to the Firth of Clyde as a way of gathering different perceptions of this important marine environment. It seems fitting that the film will be seen in a central gallery that attracts such a broad range of people, and in a city that is connected to the subject of the film by the River Clyde that flows through it."

Moving Images Season is free and on from 16 April – 17 August at the Gallery of Modern Art. Please visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk for full details.


Katy Dove
Motorhead (2002), Luna (2004), Stop It (2006), and Sooner (2007)
16 April – 25 May

Katy Dove’s work can be interpreted as a distillation of the everyday into fundamental shapes, sounds, and colours. Her animations often began with a set of instinctive, abstract drawings using watercolours or felt-tip pen. The freeness of this process, similar to music improvisation, produced concrete forms from Dove’s intuitive feelings and thoughts. The hand-made quality of her drawings is still evident after being scanned to computer, when they become the point of departure for other visual and aural elements, creating movement through layering, reversing, pulsing, and repeating. 

Dove’s four animations to be exhibited reflect her interest in the relationships between sound and moving image, and perception, harmony, and disharmony. By creating an immersive environment they correspond to her affinity with nature and study of psychology, exploring how the mind connects to the world via the body.  


Stephen Hurrell and Ruth Brennan
Clyde Reflections (2014)
29 May – 5 July
Duration: 33 Minutes

Clyde Reflections is a meditative, cinematic experience based on the marine environment of the Firth of Clyde. It takes the viewer on a journey reflecting the shifting nature of relationships between people and place. The film explores seven unique perceptions of this marine environment via interviews with individuals from three different islands. Clyde Reflections shows the richness and diversity of perceptions of the Clyde against the backdrop of a marine environment which has been both altered by people and enriched by its intangible cultural heritage.

Clyde Reflections from Hurrel and Brennan builds on their successful collaborative works to date which has included Sea Stories, an innovative online cultural map of the sea based around the island of Barra, and the full-colour publication Belonging to the Sea, based around the islands of Arranmore, off Donegal, and Barra. Belonging to the Sea was co-authored by Ruth Brennan and Iain MacKinnon with photography by Stephen Hurrel.
Clyde Reflections was commissioned by Imagining Natural Scotland with funding from Creative Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland 2013 with additional funding from Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).


Phil Collins
Tomorrow is Always Too Long
10 July – 17 August 

Opening on 10 July, the final element of the programme is Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, a project by Phil Collins conjuring up a vision of Glasgow from the perspective of institutions that describe the scope of human experience and define us as social beings.

Since 2013 Collins has been meeting people in maternity hospitals, schools, community groups, and social clubs for the elderly, asking them to sing songs, make predictions for the future, debate the status of freedom in today’s society, guide us through the city’s most famous prison, and dance like there’s no tomorrow. These sequences are framed through an imaginary public-access network, one which, high on bad attitude and with just a hint of mayhem, makes an appeal to the epic pleasures of channel surfing and the potential for low-budget television to reinvent itself through its viewers.

The resulting film was presented on 19 July 2014 in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park as a one-off free event. Centred on an installation of multiple LED screens set up in the old rose garden, an open terrace with views over the city and the hillside beyond, this memorable evening evoked the park’s great tradition of public gatherings. It has been reconfigured for the single screen and the installation at GoMA will be the first in a gallery setting.

Tomorrow Is Always Too Long includes animation by Matthew Robins and with stellar soundtrack contributions from Welsh pop-enigma Cate LeBon, Mogwai’s Barry Burns, local voodoo ravers Golden Teacher, and the esteemed Royal Scottish National Orchestra Tomorrow Is Always Too Long promises an adventure in the heart of Glasgow and beyond.

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