Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2014: Five exhibitions to see

By Ben Miller | 02 April 2014

Five of the best exhibitions from this year's Glasgow International, which begins this month

A photo of an enormous pack of baby nappies inside an art gallery
Alex Frost takes the position of a childless male artist at Glasgow Print Studio© Alan Dimmick, courtesy Alex Frost
Alex Frost – Reproduction, Glasgow Print Studio, April 5 – May 18

An ephemeral sand sculpture, “impregnated” within the hormone oxytocin and accompanied by a suite of oversized nappies and a risqué sculpture shorn from the debris of a hen night, are Alex Frost’s tools for playfully referencing the reproductive nature of print and the baby boom.

A photo of an animation showing a man standing in a living room pointing at a television
Michael Smith, Mike's House (1982). Installation© Michael Smith
Bedwyr Williams – Echt (April 4 – May 25); Michael Smith Videos and Miscellaneous Stuff from Storage (Pt. 2) (April 4 – May 4), Tramway

Last year, representing Wales, Williams took slippers and a thermos to the Venice Biennale. Echt, in T2 space, is a utopian diorama in a dark forest. In galleries 1 and 5, Smith shows three decades of televisual works from the perspective of Mike, an inadequacy-reflecting everyman.

A photo of various sculptures inside a warehouse including a woman in a catsuit
Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne, LOVE (2012). Installation view at Poplar Baths, London© Photo: Polly Braden
Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne – Love, Govanhill Baths, April 4-21

Large, brightly-coloured, suspended, free-standing inflatable sculptures with a saccharine tinge and the distinct whiff of advertising and sensuality. A disused public swimming pool, the Baths have been reinvented as a community centre and arts venue for this year’s Homecoming Scotland programme.

A photo of an animation showing a coca-cola bottle with legs running along a pavement
Jordan Wolfson, Con Leche (2009). Installation view© Jordan Wolfson, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Jordan Wolfson, McLellan Galleries, April 4-21

Punks, cartoon angry kids and orthodox Jews reading Vogue: Jordan Wolfson’s absurd sculptural videos, combining animation and filmic high production values, are a mini-survey of love, life and death.

A photo of various stone and textile sculptures inside a large light-letting warehouse
Known as a whale's tail when it was in Buchanan Street, The Spirit of St Kentigern is part of Reclaimed© Dapple Photography
Reclaimed: The Second Life of Sculpture, The Briggait, April 5 – May 2

What happens when sculpture comes off display or goes out of fashion? Wasps’ Artists Studios achieve the feat of drawing around 50 together. Busts of forgotten Victorians and The Spirit of Kentigem – a huge work based in Buchanan Street until the space was revamped – feature in a setting which was a fishmarket during the 19th century.


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