SOLAR LUNAR brings together work by six artists: Melanie Carvalho, Moyna Flannigan, Franziska Furter, Kerstin Kartscher, Camilla Løw and Rosalind Nashashibi.
These six artists are variously based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Basel and they all work in a range of media. There is no theme to the exhibition more that each artist’s work communicates a sometimes strange sense of beauty.
Moyna Flannigan’s watercolours are of fictitious individuals. They appear to inhabit – rather nervously – a strange half world, their hands lightly clenched as if they feel a dis – ease at been seen. Melanie Carvalho’s large oil paintings show the same Goan garden: one illuminated by fairy lights, the other in darkness where the palm fronds are just discernible. The lights are out. Franziska Furter’s delicate paintings show imagined scenes from the creation of the world. The big bang has become a glorious but seemingly controlled play of colour and form. Kerstin Kartscher’s drawings in pen and ink and marker pen offer fantastical landscapes of colour and intrigue. Repeated lines of colour seem to suggest Renaissance engravings while a galleon rides the sea with vast bird hovering overhead. Camilla Løw’s sculpture are positioned in space, they demand to be circumnavigated. Four diamond-shaped pieces of perspex hang from the ceiling, it just skims the floor. In Freestyler, two planes of interlocking perspex cut quietly across the gallery. Rosalind Nashashibi’s collages collide a range of bizarre found images. A horse appears to be dissected by a jewelled bracelet; slithers of leather gently curl across the page creating a rhythmic play of shape in space.
Melanie Carvalho completed her MA Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London in 1997. Recent exhibitions include Plunder, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2004), View Finder, Arnolfini, Bristol and a solo show, Describe a Landscape, Cubitt, London (2003). She lives and works in Edinburgh.
Moyna Flannigan studied at Yale University School of Art, USA and Edinburgh College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Knucklehead, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York (2003); Group show, Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam; I’m a stranger here myself, doggerfisher, Edinburgh; New: recent acquisitions of contemporary British art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2002). In May 2004, Flannigan will have a solo show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She lives and works in Edinburgh.
Franziska Furter was born in Zurich. Recent solo shows include Still . . ., doggerfisher, (2003), ON PAPER 1, Galerie Friedrich, Basel; A Walk to the End of the World, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw. Future projects include ‘can’t take my eyes off you’, Landpartie, Zurich (solo show) and schwarz auf weiss, Kunstmuseum, Solothurn and Galerie Friedrich, Basel (solo show). She lives and works in Basel.
Kerstin Kartscher was born in Nuremburg and studied in Hamburg. Recent shows include Tanya Bonakdar, New York (2004); Hot, blue & righteous, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin; EU3, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2003); The Collective Unconsciousness, Migros Museum, Zürich (2002) and refuse to know, Galerie Karin Günther, Hamburg (2001). Future projects include Barraque d‘dull odde, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy. Kartscher lives and works in London.
Camilla Løw studied at Glasgow School of Art. Recent shows include The Echo Show, Tramway, Glasgow (2003), EAST, Norwich (2003). Future projects include Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno; Britannia Works, Athens, Greece, and a solo show at Sutton Lane, London (2004). She lives and works in Glasgow.
Rosalind Nashashibi studied at Glasgow School of Art. Recent shows include Humaniora, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Zenomap: new work from Scotland, Venice Biennale (2003). In 2003 Nashashibi was awarded the Beck’s Futures prize, ICA, London and touring. Future exhibitions include CCA, Glasgow (April) and Kunsthalle, Basel (September). Nashashibi lives and works in Glasgow.