LOWSALT gallery 2006-2010
Artist run, site-specific Gallery Co run by Bex Anson & Krisdy Schindler (Chloe Brown 2006-07)
Technical Direction Dav Bernard
Supported by Scottish Arts Council
Full portfolio http://www.lowsalt.org.uk
Lowsalt was an artist-run, non-profit, gallery that created over 30 site-specific art shows in Scotland since 2006. Lowsalt’s lively program aimed to capture the spirit of an independent community by encouraging artists and collectives to take greater control of the infrastructure and context of each project. The gallery focused on group shows and worked with 80+ emerging and established artists, as well as students, from Glasgow and further afield; with a range of projects including mobile cinema, inflatable public sculptures, erotic literature, drawing battles, experimental street theatre, and finally Glasgow’s first sculpture garden.
Embracing a grassroots ethos and thriving off a sense of occasion, Lowsalt experimented with portable and low impact technologies, allowing us to site projects in unconventional venues such as derelict factories, Victorian music halls, walled city centre car parks and abandoned urban wastelands.
Our Final show was VESTIGES PARK, a dilapidated sculpture garden commissioned by Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010
“In a patch of wasteland infested with Japanese knotweed, the artist group Lowsalt had hacked back the bushes to create an entertaining, if silly, dystopian sculpture garden “
Coming out of Jimmie Durham’s exhibition at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, I found myself in a patch of feral wasteland next to a railway line. Choked with Japanese knotweed, this is Vestiges Park. Strange, mirrored figures stand in the weeds, reflecting the branches. Side tables and other domestic furniture dangle from trees. There are monsters and mushrooms: it is enjoyable nonsense. Unidentifiable burps, groans and other fanciful animal chatter rise from the undergrowth; a disembodied voice emanating from a hole in the ground talks about eating property developers and committing other laudably foul acts. There is something of the Provo spirit in this project, curated by the artist-run Glasgow gallery Lowsalt.
Adrian Searl The Guardia