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Pester & Rossi: Balancing Acts
1 April 2017 until 7 May 2017
Platform, The Bridge, Easterhouse
This April marks the welcome return of collaborating artists Ruby Pester and Nadia Rossi to Platform, the arts centre at The Bridge, Easterhouse.
Offering a diverse programme of visual, performance and workshop activity, the duo will open an exciting exhibition – ‘Balancing Acts’ on 1 April at Platform (until 7 May), presented alongside the venue’s King Ayisoba + ZEA concert on the same evening. The exhibition will take over a studio space within Platform, normally used for theatre rehearsals, providing a wider platform for the work to be viewed.
The project will also see the artists working in collaboration with young people at Platform, their Glasgow based band Fallopé & the Tubes, and esteemed artists Ortonadon and Sally Hackett – who will produce a new live work for inaugural display at Platform’s annual cross arts Outskirts festival on 22 April.
Sally Hackett’s acclaimed Fountain of Youth work, previously shown at Edinburgh Art Festival in 2016, will be present throughout the duration of the project, on Platform’s exhibition wall showcasing the colourful and playful ceramic portrait sculptures.
Other highlights include a popcorn and wine dispensing creation from Jarsdell Solutions for the 1 April launch, and a free workshop programme led by the collaborative artists – including Fountain of Youth workshop with Sally Hackett (open to 11 years plus) on Saturday 15 April and a Wearable Sculptures workshop on 22 April with Pester & Rossi that will be part of Platform’s Outskirts Festival.
Pester & Rossi have been associate artists at Platform since early 2016. Since graduating in 2008, they have collaborated on a diverse range of projects, spanning sculpture, performance and installation.
Rooted in a do-it-yourself approach, the duo make imagery, handmade props and costumes that relate to aspects of the body and reference popular culture. They create immersive performances and social experiments that explore childhood nostalgia, public ceremony and a celebration of the home-made.
Exhibition runs during Platform’s opening times – check website for details. April 1st launch of exhibition from 6.30pm.