Further More




An exhibition of work by recent graduates from The Glasgow School of Art’s internationally renowned MFA programme

August 24 - September 22, 2007
Opening reception: Friday, August 24, 2007, 7 - 10 pm

Exhibiting Artists:
Ani Baronian (USA), Patrick Blaeser (CA), Luke Collins (UK), Julia Dotoli (USA), Grier Edmundson (USA), Anna Gray (UK), Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir (IS), Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir (IS), Mark Finch Hedengren (USA), JD Hollingshead (USA), Mair Hughes (UK), Eugene Jho (USA), Hannah Kasper (USA), Alhena Katsof (CA), Bridget Kennedy (UK), Emmet Kierans (IE), Maria Kjartansdóttir (IS), Sari Lievonen (FI/UK), Yuen Fong Ling (UK), Sonja Lotta (CH), Lorna Macintyre (UK), Katie McGown (CA), Raquel Mendes (PT), Ben Merris (USA), Anna Mields (DE), Dan Monks (IE), Baldvin Ringsted (IS), Andy Ritchie (USA), Myrto Stampoulou (GR), Hideki Takizawa (JP), Katri Walker (UK)

Curated by Amy Sales, Associate Curator (Visual Arts) Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), Director of EMERGED and the Curator of the MFA International Exhibition programme at The Glasgow School of Art.

Here is a place, a site, a context, a group of individuals, a community, a history. Here is a space for experimentation, consideration and exploration.

Writer and curator Francis McKee has called The Glasgow School of Art’s critically acclaimed MFA programme ‘a mental free state or republic of ideas’. Further More gives us a glimpse into this unique space.

Over the past two years these thirty-one artists have worked alongside each other to develop their practice, a process which has sparked dialogues, forged friendships and built the sense of community which makes this postgraduate programme so special.

For this exhibition Amy Sales has selected an array of photography, sound works, sculpture, video, painting and performance pieces, pointing to the School’s multi-disciplinary outlook and offering us a taste of each individual artist’s wider practice. The work we see here may be an end, a seed or a turning point and it makes for a fascinating journey which illustrates the diversity and quality of work produced by the School’s most recent graduates.

Glasgow, like Berlin, is a production city. A magnet for creative practitioners from around the world, it has that critical density of artists which enables a genuinely layered and diverse community to evolve. The vibrant artist-led culture is now complemented by a rapidly growing commercial gallery sector which has emerged from these grassroots spaces. The MFA programme is firmly plugged into this creative landscape, nourishing the community with new blood and enhancing the city’s international flavour. Indeed, many of these DIY ventures have been founded by the alumni of the MFA while a large number of previous students are represented by prestigious galleries such as The Modern Institute, Sorcha Dallas and Mary Mary.

Underlying it all is what Senior Lecture John Calcutt calls a spirit of generosity:

‘There are rivalries and differences, sure, but ultimately everyone is in this together, and if one person happens upon success, then there is a sense that this is potentially good for everyone else.’

And indeed there have been successes. The international reputation of MFA graduates like Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and Beck’s Futures winner Rosalind Nashashibi ensures that although changes and evolutions are inevitable, the momentum shows no sign of abating. In 2005 energies were further galvanised by the launch of Glasgow International, a new festival of contemporary art. This unique platform reflects the true ethos of the city by drawing together all the key organisations from across the spectrum of Glasgow’s art scene to create an event that is simultaneously rooted in the local while having international scope and relevance.

It is fitting then that this exhibition, which takes place in a different international venue each year, should come to Berlin and in particular Artnews Projects and Galerie Metro on Brunnenstrasse. Nestled amongst the artist-led and commercial spaces in a city with a strong international aspect, this space, with its remit to ‘bring people closer’ feels like a spiritual home for the MFA programme. These are cities which offer something greater than the sum of their parts.