The Arches presents
Tue 14 May - Mon 17 Jun 2013 | Exhibition launch night: Tues 14th May, 6pm-9pm | Free
*Please join us for the exhibition launch on Tues 14th May from 6pm-9pm for a live performance from Claudia and a DJ set from Craig Mulholland. Free entry, all welcome.*
For her first solo exhibition, recent GSA graduate Claudia Nova showcases a body of new work exploring the concept of the ‘sky pillar’, or columna cerului – a man-made or naturally occurring form regarded as a means of communication between heaven and earth.
Working with print, sculpture and moving image, the artist responds to the various ways in which different cultures throughout history have interpreted this idea by creating or designating objects of worship which inevitably resemble the phallus, such as maypoles, steeples, totem poles and obelisks. Imagery from nature, popular culture and domesticity is utilised to display the convergence of the sacred and the sexual, as well as to question the cross-cultural associations between masculinity and power.
Subject matter ranges from the otherworldly to the mundane, imagined almost as a mock-up archaeological study of a civilisation long forgotten, or from an undiscovered planet.
Claudia Nova is a multidisciplinary artist and musician. Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2011, she has concentrated her practice around the visual language of performance.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”