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CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
May 30, 2012
From journal Scotland's second city part 2
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 5, 2007
From journal Exploring Glasgow
May 17, 2006
From journal Friendly Glasgow
December 23, 2002
I can’t quite figure out whether it is the artists who are totally mad, or art galleries that pay large sums for such exhibits or the public that go to see them. Possibly the artists have figured out that the rest of the world is deranged and they can cash in.
Feeling quite mad and for a bit of merriment, I recently visited the Gallery of Modern Art in Queen Street, Glasgow (entrance is free)
The main display was something that has earned the name Bangers and Mash by a David Mach. As I went in a woman was coming out saying, "Call that art!"
I could see immediately that the exhibit had some plus points.
We are constantly told that we should recycle more rubbish and this exhibit had done just that. It had taken several burn out cars (bangers*) and filled them with folded copies of newspapers and placed them on newspapers craftily built so as to resemble mashed potatoes. The result was a saving in the amount of rubbish that had to be disposed of.
This exhibit must have taken a lot of time to build. All the newspapers had to be folded to make use of the colour scheme used in the newspapers and built to the right pattern. After a time I even began to think that I was looking at a work of art. The artist had deliberately left the interpretation open. As the newspaper publishing business that printed the newspapers is now up for sale, the words "abandon hope" comes to mind.
I guess I have answered my own question. It is the people that go to see such exhibitions that are quite mad. The truth is that everything is art and if we just look out of our windows we will see a wonderful array of it. Certainly my DIY bird table, decorative wheelbarrow and wishing-well are works of art. I’m not so sure of the tokens left on my lawn by visiting cats and dogs. Even cracked mud is apparently art for that is exactly what one of the other exhibits at the Gallery consisted of.
For further information visit:Gallery of Modern Art
* An alternative meaning for bangers is sausages.
From journal Glasgow City of Culture