Lavendra is the name given by American artist and sound designer E. Jane to a fantastical brown dwarf star, an imagined planetary cosmos ‘stabilised’ for human presence by the harmonising influence of 1990s black pop divas including Aaliyah, Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton.
In the historic Kelvin Hall, visitors encounter an intimate space that has been soaked in gradients of pink, purple and blue light and contains collages and fan-style music videos filmed in domestic space that splice these spaces with images of the artist performing in video-collaged environments. It’s a scenario that in particular allows E. Jane’s diva alter-ego, MHYSA to come through. MHYSA performs in these videos, in live solo performances and in performace art and music duo SCRAAATCH alongside producer lawd knows.
Taking in themes associated with Afrofuturism, Lavendra is driven by both a sense of what might be magical in the internet era – when identity and representation are given a heightened digital public platform – as well as a desire to heal.
Supported by Glasgow International, Glasgow Museums and the Henry Moore Foundation.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Hardeep Pandhal creates a new installation in the institutional environs of Kelvin Hall’s foyer and dancehall.
The work of Pandhal carries a satirical and acerbic cartoonish drawing style, employed across different media including sculpture and animation. He often draws upon his background as a second generation British Sikh raised in the industrial West Midlands city of Birmingham to reflect on the psychological and material effects of assimilation in broader society.
Surrounded by a motley crew of schizoid figures that block and ‘guide’ us with their dissimulating voices, a speculative vision presented on old and new monitors forms a large sculptural monolith. Here, digital drawings deface and reinterpret fragments of video footage shot by Pandhal in a university lecture theatre during its occupation by student protestors in response to the 2010 UK governmental cuts to education.
With this large-scale work, stretching across two floors, he presents an upturned world suggesting that whilst technology might mutate, evolve and eventually slip into obsolescence, the sociopathic tendencies of the ‘totalising eye’ remain dangerously consistent.
Commissioned by Glasgow International.
Supported by the Artist Residency Programme at Cove Park.
Thu 20 April – Mon 7 May