February 3 to February 25 2024

 

Free Form or Doodling with Intent

Jo Ganter

 We are delghted to open our 2024 series of exhibitions with a new show by Glasgow based artist, Jo Ganter. Here she speaks for herself in introducing the work : 

 "Working with musicians who improvise to create graphic scores has been a substantial part of my work for ten years. Improvisation now vies with composition in this body of work, begun during lockdown at my kitchen table and continued there now out of habit.

Doodling is a form of intuitive, improvisation. To doodle, according to every dictionary definition, is an “aimless or meaningless” activity.  I think of the small watercolour paintings I began making during lockdown as doodles because I gave myself permission to work freely and without intention. The small scale of the work is an essential part of the doodle, often limited to marginalia or backs of envelopes. I gave myself beautiful watercolour paper to doodle on, but a small scale is maintained, and on this scale, I work as I do in sketchbooks: improvise, revise, and follow ideas in unexpected directions. Images on these pages may be decorative, gestural, bizarre, garish: senseless. They’re ‘just’ doodles.

As images progress however, I am compelled to resolve the doodle, improvising as I go. Inevitably I use tropes of image-making I can't help but retain after forty year's practice. My usual play of symmetry and asymmetry isn't so strictly as in much of my work, but structures appear. I always work in series, and here also, I have followed ideas through several iterations. And, of course, to intend to be aimless is an intention, nevertheless."

We take great pleasure in inviting uyou to celebrate the show with us from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday February 3rd and the show will run until Frbruary 25th.

  

We saw Three Ships - and sailed away on one on holiday!

Gail and Elisabet would like to wish everyone, near and far, a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy 2024.

The Line will be closed from now until we re-open with a wonderful exhibition by Jo Ganter on February 3rd 2024. We will be around and about until Jan 12th whist we stock check and give the gallery its annual coat of paint. If you need to contact us please email all@thelineonline.co.uk and we will respond.

For now - enjoy Christmas!

 

November 24 to December 4 2023

 

An Angel is not just for Christmas!

The Line's annual Christmas miscellany will open on Saturday 24th with a wide variety of work by artists familiar (like Shona Young whose painting is above) and less so, with ceramic and glass and baskets and silver and precious stones and more....... Something for everyone for Christmas!

Saturday October 21 to Sunday November 19th 2023

Postcards from The Line  is an annual exploration, bu a wide range of artists, of work on a small scale and without frame or mount. The work is there for the viewer to see just as it left the artist's hand - without any carefully considered presentation. This allows the viewer to play a part in the final presentation of the work - which, in this exhibition, covers media from mosaic to felt, watercolour to ink. oil to pencil and collage - and more. No individual piece will be larger than A5 and nothing will sell for more than £100. There are over 30 artists work on show and we are already preparing for a varied and exciting display.

The show will open at 2pm on Saturday October 21st - come along then and enjoy, or be welcome at any point throughout the run.

 

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