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The GoMA Project

Just kidding 🙂

Although it is true to say that GoMA (Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art) IS actually well worth a visit at the moment, and there may be more posts showing it.

Currently on show is a selection of documentation relating to the gallery’s planning prior to its opening in 1996. The Gallery of Modern Art is housed in a neoclassical building in Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square, which was built in 1778 as the townhouse of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw, a wealthy Glasgow Tobacco Lord. There were quite a few wealthy people around back then. Had there not, then there probably wouldn’t be any Glasgow, at least not in the form it grew into.

The pic below shows one of the building’s past lives (on a large banner), featured in the exhibition, when it was Stirling’s Library.

This function has returned, with the basement exhibition space having been turned over to a small library at some time in the past.

I spotted one item which possibly goes unnoticed outside the gallery…

GoMA Step Engraving

GoMA Step Engraving

In the exhibition, there is a test piece showing part of this, created to show how it looked against the stone, and how the infill influenced its appearance.

It’s interesting to see tales of how controversial this gallery was considered to be, by some, back in 1996.

I find it so much MORE controversial in its content now, as compared to when it opened.

THEN, I found the material displayed to be much more interesting, AND use the space to greater effect.

NOW, I find the exhibitions sparse at best, with a few items displayed in almost empty galleries, and material that is often largely uninspiring.

For example, yesterday I looked at this exhibition…

Stalking The Image: Margaret Tait and Her Legacy

8 November 2018 – 5 May 2019

Orcadian artist, poet and filmmaker Margaret Tait is acknowledged as one of Scotland’s most innovative independent filmmakers. From the 1950s onwards, she made more than 30 experimental ‘film-poems’, which have been woefully overlooked. This exhibition provides an opportunity to honour Tait’s achievements in her centenary year alongside work by nine contemporary artists and filmmakers, many of whom have been inspired by Tait.

While there was a selection of related artefacts on show, which was fine, the film being shown about artist’s life was spoiled by having many parts shown at 90 degrees to the horizontal (on its side) so, for example, items being laid out on a table looked as if they were being stuck to a wall.

I’m not sure if this was down to the artist (which would be fine) or if it was some later producer just trying to be ‘clever’ (in which case, not fine).

This is also a sparse exhibition, three or four cases (like glass tables), and two large screens in the main gallery space, most of which is in darkness. The content of the cases was excellent, and my comment on sparseness relates to the use of gallery space, NOT the exhibition itself. This emptiness is not unusual.

Enough of that, or I will be accused of moaning, rather than just passing a current opinion.

As the last post I made about GoMA at night did moan about not being able to get the whole place (and its Christmas lights) in one shot, passing in daylight made me stop and try shooting some test shots in the easier scenario (where I could actually see everything at once), to see if there was a way to catch it all.

There is indeed a spot, which of course land right in the front door of an office building, which just allows the lot to be caught with the widest lens setting I can manage (on the compact, but not the dSLR – that would be TOO expensive).

‘X’ now marks the spot, in my head if not the ground, so I’ll have to make another trip to try this in the dark.

GoMA Perspective Test

GoMA Perspective Test

As usual, ignore the black bits, they’re just the result of corrections needed to compensate for having to tilt the camera so far back in order to get the top of the roof dome included. Looks like I still need to tip back a little more!

Bonus find

I don’t normally get to see the clocks on the side, and there was a surprise when I looked closer.

Can you see it?

This crop may help.

GoMA Clock Faces

GoMA Clock Faces

I have no recollection of anyone ever mentioning this difference when writing about this place.

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04/12/2018 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , ,

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