Five of the best exhibitions from this year's Glasgow International, which begins this month
Alex Frost – Reproduction, Glasgow Print Studio, April 5 – May 18
© Alan Dimmick, courtesy Alex Frost
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.
Bedwyr Williams – Echt (April 4 – May 25); Michael Smith – Videos and Miscellaneous Stuff from Storage (Pt. 2) (April 4 – May 4), Tramway
© Michael Smith
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.
Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne – Love, Govanhill Baths, April 4-21
© Photo: Polly Braden
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.
Jordan Wolfson, McLellan Galleries, April 4-21
© Jordan Wolfson, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
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.
Reclaimed: The Second Life of Sculpture, The Briggait, April 5 – May 2
© Dapple Photography
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.
- Glasgow International runs April 4-21 2014. Visit glasgowinternational.org for the full programme. Follow the festival on Twitter @gifestival.
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