Drink in the beauty

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


‘Drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of what you see’. Rachel Louise Carson

Both art and landscape inspire through their beauty. However, by inviting you to gaze on them, they also invoke a curiosity to delve deeper into the concerns and changing environment around us. Through recent acquisitions to Glasgow Museums’ collection of work by Sara Barker, Carol Rhodes and Kate V Robertson diverse concerns with landscape and our relationship to it emerge.

By showing these new works alongside older works from the collection including work by Amanda Thomson, Ilana Halperin and Anna Atkins this exhibition explores representation of landscape, key women who have documented and campaigned on environmental issues and how we relate to nature and landscape with current conversations about a climate emergency.

This temporary exhibition space is critical for promoting the city as a key centre for the production and display of contemporary art in an international context. It brings in audiences from across Glasgow but also from the UK as a whole, and internationally. This will be a key show to highlight works in Glasgow Museums’ collection and also give artists working in Glasgow a prominent platform in the city where they are based for international audiences to see the quality of work produced and collected in the city.

Themes include:
Radical women and nature – which relates to work by
• Anna Atkins
• Amanda Thomson
The title https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/6860122-drink-in-the-beauty-and-wonder-at-the-meaning-of comes from Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964). She was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book ‘Silent Spring’ and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
Climate change - which relates to work by
• Kate V Robertson
And can be linked through the film programme and Rachel Louise Carson
Edgelands and thresholds - which relates to work by
• Carol Rhodes
• Sara Barker
Time - which relates to work by
• Kate V Robertson
• Ilana Halperin

A planned film programme in the third room in Gallery 3 over the exhibition period will link to themes in the exhibition. Two films will be selected and each screen for 2 months of the exhibition

Current films proposed include:
Urgent Nature – Jo Ganter https://joganter.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/urgent-nature/
A beautiful stop motion film that focusses in on a reclaimed wetland in Falkirk and draws you in to noticing more about the landscape and fauna through animation and a soundscape.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGallery of Modern Art Glasgow (GoMA)
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2020

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