Labyrinths and Minotaurs: Linda Kosciewicz at Glasgow Print Studio

Linda Kosciewicz, 'The Rose And The Minotaur', polymer photogravure
Linda Kosciewicz, 'The Rose And The Minotaur', polymer photogravure

Metamorphosis, Ariadne and the Minotaur

Tue - Sat 11:00 - 17:30

From: 8 Jul 2022

To: 30 Jul 2022

Glasgow Print Studio
Trongate 103
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G1 5HD

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Glasgow Print Studio is showing an exhibition by versatile artist Linda Kosciewicz, who has created a sequence of polymer photogravures exploring the war in Ukraine, using photography, montage and digital drawing, and the theme of myths such as the ancient Greek stories of the Labyrinth, Ariadne and the Minotaur, drawing relationships with the journeys of self-discovery in the enforced confinement in lockdown, and subsequently the war in Ukraine, widening the story to reflect a violent abuse of power and toxic masculinity.

Linda studied painting and printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and has worked mainly in intaglio and lithography, drawing and mixed media, and has pursued a fascinating career firstly in in art conservation and as a socially-engaged artist. ‘I remember, at that point in time, the despair and futility evoked by the Ukraine war was almost overwhelming’, she says, but adding, ‘It was important to me to imagine that no matter the devastation and suffering, the human spirit would prevail. Only the shadow of the head of the Minotaur remains in the final image.’ This hope is exemplified by works such as The Rose that Grew in the Wasteland and The Rose and the Minotaur (pictured) with their theme of hope (symbolised by a white rose, in the aftermath of war).

Bronwen Sleigh, 'George Street',
Bronwen Sleigh, ‘George Street’

Also until 30th July, the Studio is showing an exhibition in collaboration with the five major Scottish print studios (Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Highland Print Studio and Peacock Visual Arts), who have done so much to make Scotland such a strong printmaking nation over the years. Titled Intercity Prints, the display is the result of Glasgow Print Studio’s travelling to the other four studios to re-connect after lockdown, and re-appraise jointly the outstanding quality of work each studio has produced, with each organisation encouraged to make its own selection of ten pieces to represent it. Works on display include prints by Christine Borland, Calum Colvin, Ken Currie, Katy Dove, Hanna Tuulikki, David Shrigley, Ralph Steadman, Barbara Rae, Bronwen Sleigh (whose work is pictured above), Philip Reeves, Carol Rhodes, Frances Walker, Alberta Whittle and many more.

John Houston, 'Moon Over the Sea', monotype
John Houston, ‘Moon Over the Sea’, monotype

The Studio is also showing work by John Houston (1930 – 2008), who was one of the most distinguished painters of the postwar Scottish school. Born in Fife, he trained at the Edinburgh College of Art and joined the staff of the College the following year, becoming Deputy Head of the School of Drawing and Painting until his retirement in 1989.

The Studio’s shop supports the Own Art finance scheme, which makes purchasing artworks more affordable through payment by instalments.

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