What I Really Really Want: France-Lise McGurn at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

France-Lise McGurn, 'What Everyone Wants'
France-Lise McGurn, 'What Everyone Wants'

France-Lise McGurn: What Everyone Wants

Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 12:00 - 17:00

From: 15 Mar 2024

To: 20 Apr 2024

The Modern Institute
3 Aird’s Lane
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G1 5HU

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Artist France-Lise McGurn is exhibiting at Glasgow’s Modern Institute on the theme of desire: What Everyone Wants offers her perspective on music, TV and popular culture, via a succession of figures, marks, colour and words in a painted installation.

Behind the installation is a knowing nod to the Scottish chain-store What Everyone Wants (formerly What Every Woman Wants) – founded in 1971 by Vera and Gerald Weisfeld in Glasgow, marketing London fashion at affordable prices, with the company quickly becoming a landmark of 1980’s UK high streets. But with its demise in 2003, and the demolition of its flagship Glasgow store, What Everyone Wants is now long-gone.

However, McGurn’s installation mixes wall paintings with works on canvas, in the bright, ebullient colours of 80’s and 90’s window displays and shop advertisements, which inform a set of motifs executed in her trademark, seemingly-intuitive calligraphic brushstrokes, evoking a time in social history now passed into memory.

The exhibition is accompanied by a newly-commissioned text by John Douglas Millar.

Detail from ‘What Everyone Wants’, The Modern Institute, 2024

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