The Arches presents
Thu 26 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2012 | Mon-Sat: 11am-late | Free
Please join us on Friday 27th July from 6pm to 8pm for the exhibition launch night. View the invitation here.
A quietly thoughtful, quirky exhibition fusing needlepoint and indie lyrics.
I can’t get that sound you make out of my head is a series of hand-stitched and hand-sewn panels. Viewed alone as individual pieces, or taken together to form a narrative on the notions of love and death, each canvas is constructed from second hand clothes and stitched with a line borrowed from the lyrics of local indie artists and international bands – from Okkervil River to Eugene Kelly, Teenage Fanclub to The National.
Alongside these pieces is a collection of hand-stitched images mirroring photographs of graffiti art collected by Vaughan over the years.
“and you feel like the night time is too long, you’re praying on the sun”
I’ll Be Yours – Eugene Kelly
“wake up it’s a beautiful morning for what could be the very last time”
Wake up Boo! – The Boo Radleys
ABOUT KAREN L VAUGHAN
Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1991, Karen L Vaughan has held exhibitions around Scotland and the UK, the most recent being Sometimes I feel… in Glasgow’s Bar Gandolfi.
Her art is process based and encompasses photography, silk-screen printing and hand-stitched work, often combining technology and craft; for example, the camera alongside stitching, embroidery and knitting.
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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.”