I'm pleased to announce that I've been awarded the CCA Creative Lab Residency in April 2013 which I will use as an opportunity to explore connections between my sculpture and image-based practice and my performance-based work and writing.
Chinagraph Spill Cracked Oil Cracked Oil
A solo exhibition by Douglas Morland
Glasgow project Room, Trongate 103, Glasgow
Preview - Sat 29th Sept 7pm
Show runs 1st-6th Oct. 12-5pm
In the midst of 'Chinagraph Spill Cracked Oil Cracked Oil' Morland has placed a group of toner-transfer prints of images drawn from the early days of broadcasting showing performers' hands clutching scripts during rehearsal, performance or recording. Around these, he has constructed - as if in response to these 'prompts' - tableaux of objects and images which seem to suggest a playful and highly theatrical altercation between language, image and object: a mise-en-scčne that could perhaps have formed the stage set for a group of stumbling and stuttering characters in some mid-twentieth century absurdist drama. The physically weighty object or the highly-considered compositional decision rub shoulders with material slightness and off-the-cuff marks and gestures, implying a space of hesitancy and indeterminacy - a meditation upon spontaneity, deliberation, artifice and the editing process.
Participating in 'time/zones' a John Cage-themed multimedia event at Akademie Der Künste, Berlin, 29/08/12.
As part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012, 'High Slack Low Slack High' is a suite of five audio-based, context-specific works, by six different artists with a shared but diverse interested in sound, space and place, created in response to the tidal cycle of the River Clyde in Glasgow.
My work for this suite is entitled 'Keening Luna' and is a performance in two parts:
The first is a vocal tone poem by a ensemble of singers, performed at the river's edge and conducted through the ritual-like actions and gestures of an attempt to dredge Clyde water and silt. It takes places at 4:45pm (high tide) on Thursday April 26th on the north bank of The Clyde, by Victoria Bridge (road bridge), between the Bridgegate, Stockwell Street and Clyde Street, directly facing the Sheriff Court, where the Clyde walkway/cycle route begins.
The second uses the same water and silt dredged from the river to pitch and play musical glasses using loop and delay pedals in the magnificent round Trust Hall at the top of the Clydeport Building on Robertson Street. This takes place on Saturday the 28th April at 5pm and is repeated at 7:30pm, at 16 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8DS. NB - It is free but ticketed as capacity is limited. To book, please email email@example.com
I'm collaborating with Glasgow-based artist and Transmission Gallery committee member Carrie Skinner in 'Blind Plotting' a group show (along with Craig Mullholland, Sam Derounian, Rachel Sharpe and others)in The Arches basement space, Glasgow. Opens 28/04/12.
I'm pleased to announce that I've been awarded a research and development grant from Glasgow Life Visual Artists Award Scheme.
I'm pleased to announce that I'm participating in Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012 as part of High-Slack-Low-Slack-High, a sound / performance event that's taking place throughout the final week of April 2012.
"High-Slack-Low-Slack-High is a suite of five audio-based, context-specific works created in response to the tidal cycle of the River Clyde in Glasgow. Five artists with shared, but diverse, interests in sound, space and place: John Cavanagh, Minty Donald, Douglas Morland, Nichola Scrutton and Hanna Tuulikki; will each create an audio work to be performed in central Glasgow."
Participating in Vault Art Fair in Glasgow at The Briggait (9th - 11th September) by contributing a pamphlet text-piece to the Mutual Gallery's stall.
Screening and live soundtrack performance of new video work 'Papa Oom Mow Mow' made in collaboration with Christian Newby - 8pm, DCR, Den Haag, Netherlands.
Free short talk about the work in my recent show 'Under Ancient Boom Shadow' at The Mutual Gallery, 84 Miller Street, Glasgow G1 1DT, Tuesday 14th June. It'll start at 7pm prompt and will be followed by a screening of Jean Cocteau's 'Orpheus', a favourite film of mine with some nice little correlations to the show.
I have been awarded a DCR Gueststudio residency during August 2011 in The Hague, Netherlands, collaborating with Glasgow-based American artist Christian Newby. Thanks to Stroom Den Haag and their PRO Kunstprojecten funding for making this possible.
I'll be joining artist/musician group Muscles of Joy on guitar and vocals for two Glasgow concerts. The first, supporting Tenniscoats at Garnethill Multicultural Centre on Sat 18th June and the second, supporting the legendary Lydia Lunch at Stereo on Thursday 7th July.
01 /05 2011
Solo exhibition: ''Under Ancient Boom Shadow' New work by Douglas Morland' is at The Mutual Gallery, 84 Miller Street, Glasgow G1 1DT
between 14/05/11 and 28/05/11. Open Thurs -Sat 12-6pm. Preview and performance Friday 13th May 2011 at 6pm. Press release:
" Under Ancient Boom Shadow sees Douglas Morland create a consciously theatrical tableau of objects and images for the Mutual?s Miller Street space that draws upon images from the early, faltering days of TV and radio broadcast and the inherent strangeness of those
flickering ether-bound images and voices. Our initial grappling with the uncanniness of the recording or broadcasting of the human voice or image - the early radio or TV studio as ?s?ance room? ? undoubtedly marked a shift in broader human consciousness and self-awareness. Tracing that shift from megalithic stone carving to the steel aerial, these antennae have broadcast a long and continuing ritual of lamentation for our innocence and our original, pre-self-aware state ever since. Through the use of repetition, corruption and distortion, raising the spectres of memory and loss, the work acts to formalise this ritual of lamentation, either as objects and images that
can be read as ritual props and paraphernalia, or through invocatory action.
On the opening night Morland will deliver a sound /performance piece that he has developed during a two week residency in the space. This semi-scripted, semi-improvised performance will draw partly upon the language and phrasing of half-remembered TV continuity announcements - that strange interstitial space between programmes, often when
a programming fault necessitates the insistent and reassuring tones of the TV company?s invisible emissaries."