As much of the rest of the world has decked itself with the requisite boughs of holly, I feel we can now safely broach Christmas exhibitions. A small one to begin with, but you’ll have to be quick as it lasts for one day only. GLOW is Dovecot Tapestry Studio’s Christmas design market, a bringing-together of some very fine craftspeople and artists, ranging in discipline from ceramics to jewellery, textiles to wood carving. It will doubtless evoke covetousness of a very unseasonal nature yet will make Christmas shopping a pleasure.
Zuzana Blochova, tells me that the rooms have been curated to embody the theatricality of Krumbachova’s own work. In one room, Chytilova’s documentary will screen, in another, two artists chosen by Panel, the Glasgow design duo, have created work inspired by Krumbachova’s own. Sally Hackett, the ceramic artist, has created “a series of small, playful ceramic sculptures” mounted on different Perspex plinths under theatrical lights and mirrored display mechanisms.
France-Lise McGurn, whose drawing style, Roddick tells me, is very similar to Krumbachova’s own simple Biro drawings, has made two large canvases, one of them based on the only film Krumbachova directed, The Murder of Mr Devil.
In the largest CCA space, Krumbachova’s archive is presented, 250 pieces which include many letters and fragments of letters, some of which were published in her work The First Book of Ester. Drawings, beaded necklaces, textiles and costumes hang in room dividers or from the ceiling. Part of the room is a large mock-up of the kitchen shelf in Mr Devil, the room an emulation of the film in a way.
The letters are fascinating, written to her cat, her many lovers, inanimate objects, herself, persons unknown. Lively, crazy, nonsensical, occasionally filled with dark fairytales, many intentionally unsent, they are a snapshot from a wild life touched by politics, feminism and creativity which no one, says Roddick, really knows anything about. It is a pertinent time, she says, for discovery.
A Weakness for Raisins: Films and Archives of Ester Krumbachova, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 0141 352 4900, www.cca-glasgow.com, until Jan 27, Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm