Exhibition: Rowena and Duncan Comrie, The Edge Works, How To Make A Million
Exhibition Preview: Friday 4th May 6-9pm
Exhibition Continues: 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th May 2pm-6pm
Rowena and Duncan Comrie present a new exhibition at Wasps building Gallowgate Studios, where they hold a studio.
The Edge Works, How To Make A Million is a show that celebrates this building’s industrial history as the edge works of Alex Mathieson’s Tool Company. This factory supplied tools that enabled the skilled Craftsman to transcend the limits of the world as they knew it.
Duncan Comrie will show works that represent three strands of his creative activities
over the last ten years; the appearance of the dadasurrealist appreciation,
re-enactment & preservation association and its major performances in Aberdeen,
Glasgow and at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015-17. The Lobey Dosser Showdowns and
the transformation of Bud Neill’s legendary Glasgow cartoon characters into theatrical
performances 2013-18 and a Barras Mural at Bill’s Tool Store. The dadasurrealist
creative impulse also inspires dadapop works, based on seeing the art in discarded
and obsolete tools & mechanical parts, adding a new edge to works from a building
that once was the home of one of the world’s legendary toolmakers. Included are art
works constructed from Mathieson’s tools, made and remade in this building.
Rowena Comrie as well as contributing to the dadasurrealists, designing the Lobey
Dosser mural, and collaborating with Edge Works, exhibits works that tackle the
sublime excitement of the power of human ingenuity to harness nature. Paintings that
respond to massive amounts of power; Power stations, including Longannet, Sizewell
B, Sellafield, Fukushima, Dounreay, Oldbury, Inverkip & Grangemouth Refinery,
supplying the everyday energy of contemporary society. Also on show are paintings
that explore Flying, the drama of air travel enabled by the craft of Frank Whittle’s Jet
This exhibition coincides with two others at Gallowgate Artists from Wasps tenants within the building; John Taylor and Michal Jelski.