Every year doggerfisher curates a group show, drawing together artists that have previously exhibited at the gallery together with artists who have not previously exhibited in Scotland or at doggerfisher. The exhibition does not have an over-riding theme rather a wish to bring artists together who have similar concerns and to explore a juxtaposition of their works.
Here the six artists exhibiting all have concerns with the divide and the shared territory between sculpture and wall-based work. Their work spans from floor to ceiling. At times the sculpture appears fragile and modest in material: a disk of wax filled with water, a yellow t-shaped piece of wax propped against the wall; balloons clinging to the ceiling and a one-time car mat that has been precisely incised, pinned to the wall. There is a precariousness of form and substance. An arrangement of brass rods, turned pieces of wood, mirrored glass, wooden cases and a screen-printed piece of stripped organza have a quiet volatility, a suggestion of theatricality, even violence.
Elsewhere pages from a book have been carefully burnt, the fringes left charred and flaky; a further two book pages have been inter-woven so previously unrelated figures become intertwined. And two raw stretches of wood appear to have become load-bearing columns buckling under the weight of the ceiling. Elsewhere a barricade that mimics the security cordons in public galleries protects a zone of empty space. Nearby, outsize brackets have moved from book to wall and a two stray architectural remnants stand lonely seemingly washed-up upon the gallery floor.
Claire Barclay (born 1968) studied at Glasgow School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include Fault on the Right Side, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2007); Ill Gotten Gains, The Station, Bristol (commissioned for the British Art Show 6, Bristol, 2006); Silver Gilt, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, Foul Play, doggerfisher, Edinburgh (2007); Half-Light, Art Now, Tate Britain and Ideal Pursuits, Dundee Contemporary Arts, (2003). Future exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre (May 2008) and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2009). Claire Barclay is a recipient of 2007 Paul Hamlyn Award. Claire lives and works in Glasgow.
Sara Barker (born 1980) studied at Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include solo show, Mary Mary, Glasgow. Future exhibitions include Glasgow Project Rooms, Glasgow (May) Open Eye Club, Tramway, Glasgow (Nov). In 2006, Sara was selected for New Work Scotland at the Collective, Edinburgh. Sara is represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow. She lives and works in Glasgow.
Neil Clements (born 1982) studied at Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include Team Sparse, 31 Duke St, Glasgow; Clements, Freytag, Tschauner, Galerie Markus Winter, Berlin; Your Words and My Mouth, Hospitalfield, Arbroath and Revelation of Doom, Konsortium Gallery, Dusseldorf. In 2005, Neil was selected for New Work Scotland at the Collective, Edinburgh. Future exhibitions include a two-person show at Glasgow Project Space (2008). Neil lives and works in Glasgow.
Sally Osborn (born 1963) studied at Glasgow School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include OH HA HMM, Glasgow Sculpture Studios; The Love Object, Gallery for One, Temple Bar, Dublin. Recent group exhibitions include Outpost members exhibition, selection by Gavin Turk, Outpost, Norwich (2006); Sally Osborn, Karla Black and Sue Tompkins, Flaca Gallery, London and Quattro Flaca, Kunsthaus, Langenthal, Switzerland (2005). Sally lives and works in Glasgow.
Jonathan Owen born 1973, studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Working Things Out, Spike Island, Bristol (2007); Rockridge, Embassy, Edinburgh and Karla Black / Dean Hughes / Duncan Marquiss / Jonathan Owen / Hanneline Visnes, doggerfisher, Edinburgh (2006).
Albrecht Schäfer (born 1967). Recent exhibitions include solo Galerie Kamm; Neuer Aachener Kunstverein; Kunsthalle Mannheim (2007). Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2006), Group exhibitions include “…5 minutes later”, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Berlin (2008), “what a great space you have …”, East and Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, Los Angeles, “The word in art”, MART, Rovereto, Italy (2007). Recent awards include H.W. & J. Hector Kunstpreis of the Kunsthalle Mannheim (1st price) (2006), Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2006), Kunstfonds Bonn (2005) Albrecht lives and works in Berlin and is represented by Galerie Kamm, Berlin.