GSA Summer Series at Civic Room – Show Two
Preview: 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 11 August 2016, with performance at 7pm by MollyMae Whawell and Jay Delves
Exhibition: 12 August – 28 August 2016, Tues to Sun, 12noon – 5pm
Performances: 3pm, Sunday 14 August, Thursday 18 August, Saturday 20th and Thursday 25 August 2016
Performances by MollyMae Whawell with Jay Delves.
The second exhibition in the GSA Summer Series at Civic Room, Boundings, by Kirsty Leonard and MollyMae Whawell features sculpture, performance and sound-based work, reflecting on the Civic Room’s occupation of a space that was a channel for production, development and profitable progress.
The artists propose a stilling of the space by engaging the notion of the laboring body in terms of reluctance, aimlessness and weariness. Kirsty Leonard’s work follows from a Glasgow street song concerning a Bleachfield worker who waits patiently for her beloved to return to from sea. The work seeks to re-imagine this figure through a narrative that shapes her character as defiantly nomadic, fluid and inconsistent – resistant to her presumed role. Combining ongoing research into the relation of movement to dance and sculpture with research into Scotland’s linen trade, Whawell’s work addresses notions of production. Reflecting on André Lepecki’s writing in which he proposes that a slowing or stilling of movement might break (free) from the project of Modernity, allowing an ‘ethical remembering’ of the past, realised as a sculptural work accompanied by live performance.