If asked to think of their favourite Chares Rennie Mackintosh building, many people will immediately think of the darling beleaguered Glasgow School of Art, Hill House or The Willow Tea Rooms.
I always think of Queens Cross Church. The only church he ever built, this building is a quiet gem. Filled with ‘gentle tension’ it is a very special space.
This year it celebrates its 120th anniversary and to celebrate they have a new art installation from Glasgow based artist and designer Jephson Robb
Jephson has created large-scale public artworks for sites across central Scotland. His sculptures and installations range from the transient to the monumental but they share common themes: change, healing, and the power of love and collective human endeavour. These themes may be interpreted at multiple levels – from the deeply personal to the universal – and are often reflected in the titles of his works.
Here in The Kingdom we remember working with Jephson decades ago in the East End and Lady Lisa is right when she describes him as ‘charismatic’. His work like him is filled with infectious energy and a real verve for life.
Jephson 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.
The exhibition will run at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, 870 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G20 7EL from 3rd October – 1 November 2019. Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm.
Entry is free but donations to The CRM Society are welcome.
I’m planning to get myself over there next weekend. If you are anywhere near Glasgow you should try to do the same.