To the Generator last night for the opening of They Had Four Years, an annual exhibition of recent graduates. The work was "united by the tension between the conflicting desires of escapism or flight from the normalised expectations of day-to-day life against an appreciation of the guidance and security many supporting structures, narratives or associations provide." I took a few photos and here they are:
Flo Gordon takes inspiration from the concept of “instinctive humor’, the notion that amusement
can be found in colour combination, irregular shapes, challenged symmetry or even the banal
and utterly bland. She presents paintings made from plasticine, giant fried eggs sculpted
from laundry sheets, and an indoor miniature rainbow created over a Mr. Blobby mountain.
Ailsa MacKenzie combines her interests in belief systems and mathematics to create an
installation inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Covered in two-dimensional art works
and involving a sound piece, the installation becomes a self-reflexive labyrinth that viewers
become immersed in.
One of the exhibition highlights is a functional censer which burns homemade incense created
by Fleming-Wyfold Bursary winners, The Brownlee Brothers. Inspired by Fraser Brownlee’s
time in Florence while on the RSA, John Kinross scholarship, the censer uses found objects
from flea markets and skips in and around Florence.
Text from the gallery press release.