Commissioned by Glasgow International, Laura Aldridge and I created Openaries, a series of events held in Glasgow between April 4-21, 2014. Three large-scale sculptures resulting from the gatherings were exhibited at Trongate 103, Glasgow. Working from a shared interest in analogue firing techniques, we designed and built a portable ceramics kiln out of oil barrels welded together. The ‘double barrel double downdraft kiln’ was the focus of three themed firing events in Glasgow and existed as a dreamy, ‘twin-derkammer’ vessel-sculpture mirroring the two artists who came together to make it. With performative and ceramic contributions from local artists and practitioners, the public gatherings were both ritualistic and casual, and served as a way for the temporary community of the arts festival to engage with larger cross-sections of the city.
Openaries I: Thought forms/Theories of the universe (uttered rather than written) / John Baldessari
The Hidden Gardens, Tramway
Openaries II : Vaginas and snakes
Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Openaries III: Ever open openings/Ever more open openings/The expanded vessel
Woodlands Community Garden
Commissioned by Glasgow International and supported by Outset Scotland, with additional support from Glasgow Life.