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Lateral portraits at Glasgow’s CCA gallery.Michael Fullerton is one of the most interesting artists of his generation. Portrait painting, not normally the most transgressive medium, takes on a new resonance in his hands. Combined with huge screen prints, 8mm film and strategic sculptural objects, this new body of work alludes to the lateral workings of Fullerton’s mind.
Violence lurks beneath flat surfaces, through references to fascism – in the billboard of Nietzsche’s House and the double-edged homage to BASF (part of the American-financed cartel that bankrolled the Nazis) – and the force of the mark-making process in the portrait of an anti-capitalist rioter.
The audio-visual is rife, with references to optics in magic purple rods (an ironic comment on recent formalist trends?) and ferric oxide cones. Sound, too, permeates this all but silent exhibition, through the stilled microphones of John Peel and Alistair Cooke. In the dialectic that Fullerton establishes between the live and the recorded, there is only one possible choice – you have to see this exhibition live.
Michael Fullerton - Suck On Science is at the CCA, Glasgow, until 12 March 05.
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