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Gary Rough - Mantelpiece   

31 May - 27 July 2003  

Gary Rough

Gary Rough: installation view, "Mantelpiece", Inverleith House, 2003.  

Born in Glasgow in 1972, Rough studied for a BA and MFA at Glasgow School of Art between 1991 and 1998. A former member of Glasgow art group Filthy Swan, Rough now lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include a touring show with the Hayward Gallery, London, PS.1 MoMA, New York, Bloomberg Space, London, Fergus McCaffrey Fine Art, New York and Yvon Lambert, Paris.
Executed with a Caledonian swagger and an epigrammatic wit, Rough's mixed media bricolage appear as a memory shelf to a boy's own adventure in psychogeography. Recently, Rough's cartographic endeavours have been made manifest in neon. While more timourous artists may steer clear of such loaded media, Rough is unafraid, brusquely borrowing lightbulbs from Flavin and changing them with tatooed knuckles. Elsewhere, t-shirts and scratched musings appear as emblems of the artist's psyche, revealing a jocular game plan and a roguish confidence.
For Inverleith House Rough created a Quadrophenia-inspired wall piece constructed from scooter and motorcycle mirrors which were angled to reflect each other and also a series of dishevelled drawings filled with ambiguous text such as ‘He hates me, you, him, her' with all the pronouns except me crossed out. Other text pieces in the show were a series of neon words - Maybe and Ifs, Ands, Buts - all dulled down with black paint so that the words appeared with neon halos of green, blue and magenta giving an eerie feel to the exhibition.
Gary Rough is represented by Sorcha Dallas Glasgow.
 

Gary Rough

Gary Rough: installation view, "Mantelpiece", Inverleith House, 2003.  

Gary Rough

Gary Rough: installation view, "Mantelpiece", Inverleith House, 2003.   

Gary Rough

Gary Rough: installation view, "Mantelpiece", Inverleith House, 2003.  

WORKS IN EXHIBITION 

ROOM 4

Untiltled 'always crashing in the same car'

First, page 10

Untitled 'maybe' 

ROOM 5 

Untitled (intermission) (9 minutes) 

Assembly

Untitled (ifs) aquamarine

Untitled (buts) apple grren 

Untitled (ands) magenta

ROOM 6 

Untitled (maybe)

Family Portrait 

THE SECRET GARDEN

Untitled (collective nouns) (4 minutes, 45 seconds)

All works courtesy of the artist and Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow. 

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