Last Chance to see: Alan Stanners - No Vacancy at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts

By Ben Miller | 25 January 2012
An image of an abstract painting in myriad bright colours
Alan Stanners, Headless Shoulders (2010)
© Alan Stanners, courtesy CCA
Exhibition: Alan Stanners – No Vacancy, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, until January 28 2012

You could say Alan Stanners is joining a long line of scintillating surrealists to emerge from the Glasgow School of Art, having graduated in Painting and Printmaking and proceeded to earn affectionate receptions in the UK and beyond.

Most notably, he appeared alongside Haroon Mirza in Dundee and fellow master of wry glances David Shrigley in Glasgow, as well as appearances in the Jerwood Contemporary Painters show in London and hipster festival of choice The Secret Garden Party in Cambridge.

For this show, Stanners introduces a new series of paintings influenced by his Qualmlessist Manifesto, a mix of serious and slapstick instructions ("qualmlessism resolves itself once thinking commences", "qualmlessism will p*ss where it wants") aimed at helping viewers understand the methods behind his maddening marvels.

The works themselves reference riots, political disillusionment, Quick Response barcodes and primitive and abstract disciplines, suggesting that, if nothing else, he remains reassuringly unpredictable.

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