The Modern Institute and Victoria Morton

On our gallery tour we visited the Modern Institute where there is an exhibition of Victoria Morton’s work.  The Modern Institute is a commercial gallery on Osborne St in Glasgow, a beautiful white long room gallery with big windows and the ceiling is open to the rafters which hold large velux wondows.. it is a converted bath house and is a building with a lovely character.

Victoria Mortons works were spaced out aound the gallery, a mixture of large canvases hanging on the walls, some smaller paintings, sometimes on odd surfaces that were freestanding, and then odd juxtapositions, 3d pieces standing alone or hanging on the wall…but my main experience was of things all very much spread out, splashes of vibrant colour in this big white cavernous space.  It all felt very expensive, and even more so as no prices were displayed..the sort of place where if you need to know the price you can’t afford the item.  I don’t get this.  She seems an interesting artist, performs in a whacky group called Muscles of Joy, and yet I find her show set out in such a starched way is hugely off-putting.  However this wasn’t designed for the likes of me..I am sure the Modern Institute know their target audience inside out.


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