Hanson Street Project Space
Callum Monteith | Thom Rees
Exhibition Preview: Friday 19th July, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues: 20th July - 4th August
1. A room used to grow plants
2. A room used to house large machinery (plant)
The title for the exhibition holds a duality in its meaning, on one hand it represents a relationship with the natural world via a glasshouse or botanical house that creates the ideal climate for cultivating a plethora of plant forms. Additionally it is also the room in an industrial space that is home to the large machinery that controls the crucial elements of the building or site.
For their joint exhibition, Callum Monteith and Thom Rees seek to take this duality in meaning as a cue for creating a dialogue between their respective practices, with particular interest in the intersections between man-made and natural sites, abstract minimalism and the aesthetical qualities of utopian-focused architecture from the 1970s to the present day.
Monteith presents a continuation of his ‘Paradisal’ series, consisting of large-scale paintings that crystallise natural forms; creating flat, abstract compositions of darkly toned plant life that link the idea of a paradisal element. Here he explores the idea of paradise, not as a physical place containing tangible forms but as a state of mind and therefore linking to our concepts of self in relation to nature. Monteith also presents a continuation of his ‘Visions of Utopia’ series of photography that depicts architectural sites in Milton Keynes. In its conception Milton Keynes was perceived as a prototype for modern day living in the UK with architectural visions alluding to a utopian community for the 21st Century. With the futuristic vision of Milton Keynes very much now existing in the present – idealism meets realism, paradise meets history, and unconsciousness meets consciousness.
Rees’ work explores shape and form through appropriating elements of the domestic environment. Commonly used industrial materials and processes set an aesthetic influenced by the designed and architectural space of the modernist movement allowing exploration of an abstracted post minimal paradigm. The series of ambiguious cast concrete and steel sculptures presented in Plant Room function as tools to enable exploration of self in reference of the built environment within a Lacanian context.
Callum Monteith (b.1988) is an artist based in Glasgow. Selected exhibitions include: PARADISAL, The Briggait, Glasgow (2019), Shelf Show #3 – Rhythm is Rhythm, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh (2019), OTHER, The Number Shop, Edinburgh (2017), What Was Here Before, Civic Room, Glasgow (2016).
Thom Rees is (b.1984) is an artist based in Glasgow. Selected exhibitions include: Inventory of Behaviours, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London (2018), Botl Botl Botl, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow (2018), Sculpture Showroom, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow International, Glasgow, (2018), Fields of Wheat, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2017), BONKERS CONTEMPORARY, Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh (2017).