Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) is probably Glasgow’s best-know architect. While recent headlines having been about the fire which destroyed much of the iconic interior of his Glasgow School of Art and the competition to select architects for its rebuilding, the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) is holding an exhibition of over 60 of his original original drawings and watercolours, as well as models, films and paintings tracing his work from his time with the architectural practice Keppie and Henderson to his later projects within and beyond Scotland..
The exhibition has been organised with The Hunterian of the University of Glasgow and celebrates the completion of a four-year research project led by Professor Pamela Robertson at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, which has created the first authoritative catalogue of Mackintosh’s architecture. The exhibition shows many of his characteristic and finely-detailed ink drawings for buildings such as the Queen Street Church, the Scotland Street School and the Glasgow Herald Building in Glasgow and, of course, it shows his original design for the Glasgow School of Art along with film and a model of part of the school. There is a surprise with drawings of quite a traditional design for Mossyde in Kilmacolm, which contrasts with his better-known work. The exhibition also shows his later designs for artists’ studios in Chelsea, London, and the certificate created for the opening of the Glasgow School of Art, for which Mackintosh designed the casket.
In an adjacent gallery, BEYOND MACKINTOSH, Katy Dove, Liz Lochhead and Lucy Reynolds compliments the main exhibition with four artworks – one audio piece, one poem and two animations which respond to Mackintosh’s design for Glasgow School of Art and his artistic style and techniques and “they enable connections to be made between Glasgow at the turn of the century and Glasgow today, where the art school continues to act as a key creative artery of the city.”
Thomas Joshua Cooper was born in 1946 in San Francisco and now lives in Glasgow, where he founded the Fine Art Photography Department at the Glasgow School of Art in 1982. Cooper is one of the most celebrated and distinctive landscape photographers, following on in the tradition of photographers such as Ansel Adams, and travels the world seeking new landscapes to photograph with his wooden field camera from 1898. For the last 32 years, he has worked on a project in Scotland to record the landscape through the tide and flow of its rivers. Scattered Waters: Sources Streams Rivers has transferred from the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh to the Fleming Collection in Mayfair and presents a selection of these beautiful atmospheric photographs, where the viewer can almost feel the waters swirling around the rocks and flowing with the tide.
A long time ago, Cooper made a series of vows – to only photograph landscape, to only use black and white film, to only use one camera and one lens and to only take one exposure “one picture, one chance”.
Three entirely different aspects of the creative art and architecture that links with the Glasgow School of Architecture