For ‘Glasgow Landmarks’ artists Robin Webster and Will Knight will present a series of paintings, drawings and prints at Glasgow City Heritage Trust. The buildings that the artists have chosen to record are not ‘landmarks’ in the traditional sense – the canonical buildings people would normally associate with Glasgow – such as The Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow, or the SEC ‘Armadillo’. Rather, they are Glasgow’s ‘other’ landmarks best known by locals, such as the tunnel rotundas, Jaconelli’s café and the Barras Market.
There is a sense of ‘otherness’ in the landmarks that the artists depict, both looking beyond the city’s usual landmarks both in their choice of buildings and the way that these places have been recorded – through other, more organic mediums using pen and watercolour or screen printing, which go beyond traditional methods of critiquing or recording buildings, such CAD drawings, scale models and photographs traditionally used by architects. Contemplating Robin Webster’s watercolour drawings, screen prints, and collages and Will Knight’s scale watercolour drawings we can appreciate these ‘other’ methods of recording architecture which are no less valuable in terms of what we learn about the subjects.
The exhibition is an exploration of the notions of tradition and the canonical works of architecture to help expand our understanding of what is a landmark and what is valuable in terms of our collective heritage. The artists’ subjective approach to the recording of buildings in this exhibition opens up discussions on the nature of experiencing architecture and of ‘landmarks’ themselves – which is contingent on the individual’s own subjective experience and familiarity with the urban landscape.