Mackintosh’s only built church is reinvigorated by a major exhibition of sculptures by the Scottish artist and designer Jephson Robb. This is Robb’s first solo exhibition, entitled: Primary. The Glasgow-based artist was invited by The CRM Society to show his work throughout the building for the month of October to mark and celebrate the 120th anniversary of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
Robb will present two groups of work from an ongoing series of work: seven colourful sculptures titled Primary Forms will be exhibited in the main building, while a series of smaller works, The Shape of Light , made in bronze and stainless steel, will be exhibited in the back hall.
Robb graduated from The Royal College of Art in London in 2003, having studied under Professor Ron Arad. Over the past 15 years, Robb has received several important public commissions to create large scale artworks for prominent sites across Central Scotland. Known and Unknown, the International Asbestos Memorial, 2015, situated in Truth & Justice Square, Clydebank was unveiled in 2015. It stands as a monument to all those who have died from exposure to asbestos. In the same year, Gartnavel Hospital marked 200 years of mental health care in Glasgow with two landmark sculptures by Robb: Sun and Moon and Two Hearts. Cries and Whispers 2003, a most personal work for the artist, is in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. More examples of Robb’s work can be found here: www.jephsonrobb.com
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross was commissioned by the Free Church in 1896 and opened to the public in 1899. It is the only church designed by Mackintosh to be built and is now the CRM Society’s International headquarters. Magnificent stained glass and exceptional carving on wood and stoneworks are highlights of the interior, where light and space are used to dramatic effect. Mackintosh Queen’s Cross has a library and a shop and is now an arts and heritage venue with an all-year round programme of exhibitions, concerts and special events.
Stuart Robertson, Director, CRM Society, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Jephson, we’ve been admirers of his work for a long time and with this exhibition of stunning sculptures he is helping us to reinvigorate the life of the building. Jephson’s show will bring forth the building in our 120th year.”
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