Friday, 11 April 2014
Group 13 is a combination of highly accomplished and highly rated contemporary Scottish artists reuniting for their third joint exhibition, this time in Broughton Street’s Union Gallery.
The show is loosely a response to the work of 20th-century modernist poet T.S. Eliot. I use the term ‘loosely’ loosely. The exhibition’s theme perhaps owes more to the production skills and literary enthusiasm of the group’s driving force Liz Knox than to any coordinated, consistently considered or explained engagement with Eliot’s work by the exhibitors.
Motivations, titles and reasons for using the Eliot texts accompanying these paintings are mostly unexplained, tangential or utterly obscure. Personally, I found this unsatisfactory. Personally, I also find much of Eliot’s poetry frustrating for similar reasons, so perhaps the fault is mine.
Fortunately, the paintings are of sufficient interest to stand by themselves. I think they work better as such.
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