Non-Stop Action! Out! Of! Control! Thriller Maniacs!
Amy di Rollo

Opening Saturday 12th October 6 - 8 pm

13.10 - 26.10.19

Amy di Rollo presents a new action thriller film made in collaboration with artists and amateur actors Michael Earll and Harris Burnett. Non-Stop Action! Out! Of! Control! Thriller Maniacs! recreates famous scenes from films featuring actors Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro, including Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver and The Shining, where all films are merged into one fictional world of action, violence, guns, terror and justice.

Created out of an obsession with classic films after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art earlier this year, di Rollo acknowledges the procrastination felt during this time, the film being a transformation of side effects of artistic working practices. Props and costumes are meticulously created by hand out of salvaged cardboard, a leftover transformed into something of value and an acknowledgment of the inevitable failure of complete homage. Di Rollo employs humour within her homage, both laughing at and celebrating the timeless yet jaded films and film stars referenced in Non-Stop Action! Out! Of! Control! Thriller Maniacs! The cardboard props are presented in the gallery as a flimsy yet fanatical shrine to Nicholson and De Niro.

Di Rollo, Earll and Burnett met during an Art Matters residency at Project Ability organised with GSA during which di Rollo made the film, Grammar Police with Earll and another artist Michael Stark that featured in her degree show.

Amy di Rollo lives and works in Glasgow and graduated from BA (Hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art in 2019. 

This is the second exhibition in a series of four shows showcasing the work of graduates from BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art this year.

Photo credit: Sean Campbell

Nat Akinyi
Opening Saturday 14th September
6 - 8 pm

15.09 - 28.09.19

Nat Akinyi makes digital paintings and animations that address the lack of positive representation of black people, particularly Africans, and people of colour within contemporary popular media, culture and visual art. Her work is a counter to the self-validating white western-centric distorted view of the world presented to us today; a view that maintains blackness as otherness and of lesser value. Akinyi cites Rasheedah Phillips as an influential reference, agreeing with her argument that colonialism and the transtlantic slave trade were time-splintering events for African people. That colonialism in Africa brought with it the rigid European dual-sex system, the nuclear family model, the wage labour system, land tenure, and statehood, the effects of which are still felt today.

Recent works attest to the fact that like how the fine art institution was founded on a devaluing of the art of people of colour, capitalist technological advancement has been attained through the devaluing of the labour, dignity and lives of people of colour. A new publication written and designed by Akinyi produced for this exhibition, ‘Everything Passes Except the Past’, details a trip to the newly re-opened The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and delineates the historical and current politics of environmental racism and climate colonialism with specific focus on mineral mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and post-colonial Zambia.

Nat Akinyi graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2019 and is currently based in Norfolk. Her illustrations have been published in gal-dem and she will be featured in the The Aon Community Art Awards at The Leadenhall Buildlng, London this year.

This is the first exhibition in a series of four shows showcasing the work of graduates from BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art this year.

Photo credit: Sean Campbell

Bad Timing
Katie Shannon

18.08 - 24.08.19

Under the construct of a temporary shop, Shannon shows a series of printed latex garments made from a lexicon of Stuff.

Her mates' shopping list en route to a gig, feed back images taken on a disposable at a party and stills from home-video in the bath, end up on costumes made for performers, dancers and people walking home in the early hours. Chopped up and stuck back together again, this bank of stuff alludes to a broken narrative illustrating moments of friendship, non-linear time and music cultures; trapped in an outfit, worn by the people shown on them, re-photographed and built to rot, they become cyclical.

Katie Shannon's practice moves between events, prints, installation, performance and more recently, dressmaking.

More info about Katie here.

Photo credit: Sean Campbell
Some Pictures
Isobel Neviazsky 
06.07 - 10.08.19
*extended dates!*

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Exhibition Opening
Good Press/
House Warming:

Friday 5th July
6 - 9 pm 

Photo credit: Sean Campbell