Fine Art Exhibition by Chris Byrne
This August, Chris Byrne a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art will bring the remnants of industry from Glasgow’s Clydeside to Skypark’s gallery walls, telling the stories of the many structures that once dominated the River and are now left behind.
Chris graduated with Honours in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking in 2015, exhibited recently in The Cheese Grater Building, London and Glasgow’s Lighthouse. Chris said: “I view my work as relics and fragments of exploration; Painting, etching, drawing, photography and screen printing. Looking at the remnants of industry on Glasgow’s Clydeside, my work details the themes surrounding these contemporary ruins, from the aesthetics of decay, the reclaiming of the space by culture and nature to the themes of time, both past and an imagining of the future, when all that is left from our way of life is the shells of the structures we leave behind”.
He finished, “I hope to promote the importance of the ruin, something that I feel is overlooked in today’s society as these buildings are often hidden in plain sight. The collection aims to de-construct the boundaries set up in cities, to keep people away from investigating this captivating environment.”
Christopher Byrne is available for Commissions and works from his collection are available to buy.
Please contact Chris directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07583 714238
Derelict Decadence, by Alfonso Ramundo
Alfonso Ramundo is an Italian photographer who has lived in Glasgow for almost two decades. Throughout his career, he has focused on different areas of photography but there has always been a constant theme in his work – decadent structures of any kind.
As a child, he had a fascination for abandoned houses in the countryside near his hometown. Since then, Alfonso has spent his life photographing old buildings, showing them in their present form – often neglected and forgotten but with a story to tell.
Alfonso has turned this fascination into a unique project “Derelict Decadence” creating a unique collection of photographs of the places he has visited and explored.
He says: “The aim of this exhibition is to tell a story through pictures about buildings that, after serving our society for decades by holding various activities and/or businesses, are in time abandoned, forgotten about, and often demolished just to be replaced by fashionable creations. The subjects of these photographs range from business centres, hotels, private homes and anything inbetween.
“The inspiration for this comes from the same questions I have been asking myself since I was a little boy – Who lived/worked there? Why did they leave? Why was the building abandoned? Why did they never come back?”
Alfonso finishes, “My work focuses on Scotland and Glasgow in particular as all of the constructions have a similar story. They often represent remarkable works of architecture which have been left to decay over the years and have been completely overlooked, sinking into oblivion and taking with them a piece of local heritage which can never be replaced. This exhibition will bring them back to life.”
“Derelict Decadence” ‘exhibition is free and open to the public and will take place throughout July/August in Skypark 1. Prints are available to buy. For more information: visit alfonsoramundo.photoshelter.com, Alfonso Ramundo Photography (on Flicker and Facebook).
Also exhibiting this summer is photographer Jacqueline Thow. She will be showcasing her unique collection of images that is inspired by nature, as part of an ongoing study of plants and natural forms.
Jacqueline Thow, originally from Aberdeen studied Surface Decoration at Gray’s School of Art. Jacqueline explains more on her choice of form and why nature inspires her. She says, “I have been working with digital photography for some years now and find its possibilities so versatile and inspiring. The idea of re-creation and metamorphosis, especially in nature, is what draws me. I’m attracted to the shapes, lines and fabric of natural plant forms, which I capture in a digital photograph. I then continue the idea of alteration and change using photo-editing software, allowing the features, forms and tones to evolve into new patterns, rhythms and textures – thereby releasing a previously undiscovered potential which would have otherwise remained dormant”.
Jacqueline’s images will also be available to buy.
July Site Social
Come along to our next Site Social for everyone at Skypark to enjoy! Complimentary food inspired by all your favourite picnic savouries and sweets by Redds Catering, summer drinks, music and pop-up shopping in your lunch break, from 12-2pm in Skypark 1 Reception.
Pop-up shops include… Craigside Farm Crafts, Candelle & Co., Lomond Prints, Crystal Star Jewellery, Isobel’s Bag Kreations, Scentsy, Krakin Glass, The Rotunda, The Stationery Closet, Oasis and Finding Your Feet.