Wednesday, 17 April 2013

PLOUGH – Rachel Mimiec


GoMA, Glasgow, until May 27th 2013
3 stars
When GoMa's soon to be outgoing associate artist Rachel Mimiec led 
workshops with children at the Red Road Family Centre Nursery, her own 
line of inquiry with blocks of colour led to a body of work that sees 
pages from issues of National Geographic daubed, splodged or scribbled 
over.
There's little to distinguish between the children's paintings and 
Mimiec's own work in terms of style and substance in this three-room 
installation. Which, for a show that looks at collective creative 
action, is how it should be.

Landscape and nature are paramount to the experience, especially with 
the inclusion of Horatio McCulloch's 1866 landscape painting, Loch 
Moree, crucially hung upside down. It's a topsy-turvy cock-a-snook to 
the subject's more formal representations that comes from a sense of 
fun more than subversion. Yet it's the intimacy of the printed matter 
that resonates most in a show that blurs the boundaries between 
community and solo practice to create something bright, brash and 
flag-wavingly, panoramically partisan in terms of embracing the shared 
experience where being both viewer and participant are as vital as each 
other.

The List, April 2013

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