Joel Kaplan, No Bad Days

2016

Joel Kaplan
No Bad Days
20.08.16 - 20.09.16
 

Scottish Borders born Joel Kaplan brings NO BAD DAYS to South Gallery, his first solo show in Scotland since moving to New York in 2013.

The title suggest a faithful optimism which to many represents a way of life. Though when investigated deeper, it has a dark underlining found in the rigerous refusal of any negativity.

Kaplan looks at balance in and around life, seeing negative space and time acting as important counter weights for creating shape and surface. Yet, often feeling trapped within the repetitiveness of the daily grind, a respect for optimism reveals the cracks in the boundaries of life, which become windows and passageways to what else could be.

Liam Richardson, Drowned World, 2016

Liam Richardson
Start Making Sense
02.04.16 - 02.05.16

Odd-pop weirdest Liam Richardsion has agreed to take us on a journey through the benign and often exacting areas of his gradient mind.  An odd mix of the dream like tropic and the recognisable facades of everyday life merge with each other in a melting pot of social structures

 

Liam's show at South Gallery brings together over two years worth of print-process from his time in London up until now.

 

For more examples of Liam's work and to contact him, please go to his Instagram page here.

Eva Isleifsdottir, Oh Don't be so Silly, 2015

Eva Isleifsdottir
I am here BELIEVE
30.07.2015 - 30.08.2015
 
 

Yesss... assessing cultural artefacts you have to look at many factors that interact with the object; the aesthetic, semantic and the symbolic: whether it is intentional or unintentional by the maker óoo yess and as well the personal interpretation of people.

 

Hmm I guess it possible that people are trying to obtain the spirit in the material whilst they photograph themselves next to historic monuments, object and artefacts? The AURA of the time that time the item was made. The relics that were handled and created by people that history will never forget. It´s cerimonial to capture a photo that proves that you were there. I was there, I was close to holiness, godliness, this ancient object. It makes me better, maybe more human. What is it exactly that makes things so important and why do we want to be near them?

 

Human beings do not envy the present because of the future but by the past. The past teaches us to miss, envy, dream and compare. And it is true the past threatens to leave us everyday, these hidden prehistoric references and resources connected to their resurrection. The historical materials list know why….