Andrew Cranston: If you see something that doesn’t look right

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Andrew Cranston: If you see something that doesn’t look right

to Sat 1 Oct 2022

Artist: Andrew Cranston

7 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL Andrew Cranston: If you see something that doesn’t look right

Wed-Sat 11am-6pm


Modern Art presents a solo show of new work by Andrew Cranston. This is Cranston’s first solo show with the gallery.

Artworks

Why can’t I be you?, 2022

Oil on canvas
151.5 x 101.2 cm 59 5/8 x 39 7/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Stay with me, my nerves are bad tonight, the midges too, 2022

Distemper and oil on canvas
170.3 x 130.2 cm 67 1/8 x 51 1/4 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Dangerous days, 2022

Distemper on canvas
200 x 150.2 cm 78 3/4 x 59 1/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Weird Light, 2022

Distemper and oil on canvas
190 x 140.2 cm 74 3/4 x 55 1/4 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Those who hide well, live well, 2022

Distemper on canvas
210.5 x 150.5 cm 82 7/8 x 59 1/4 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Pause, 2022

Oil and varnish on hardback book cover
18.5 x 16.5 cm 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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If you know your history, 2022

Oil on hardback book cover
18.8 x 12.5 cm 7 3/8 x 4 7/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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I remember oranges and you remember dust, 2022

Pigment and gum arabic on hardback book cover
29 x 23 cm 11 3/8 x 9 1/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Island Years, 2022

Pigment and gum arabic on hardback book cover
32 x 22 cm 12 5/8 x 8 5/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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A little night music, 2022

Oil and varnish on hardback book cover
24 x 15.3 cm 9 1/2 x 6 1/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Elizabeth, 2022

Pigment and gum arabic on hardback book cover
21.5 x 17 cm 8 1/2 x 6 3/4 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Vague feelings of dread, 2022

Oil and varnish on hardback book cover
42.5 x 26.1 cm 16 3/4 x 10 1/4 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Long live the weeds, 2022

Oil and varnish on hardback book cover
19 x 13.6 cm 7 1/2 x 5 3/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Davie’s diet, 2022

Pigment and gum arabic on hardback book cover
19.5 x 27 cm 7 5/8 x 10 5/8 in
Photo: Robert Glowacki. © Andrew Cranston. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Cranston’s show at Modern Art includes large-scale paintings made with distemper and oil on linen and smaller works painted on hardback book covers. These paintings appear like fragments, capturing and preserving an illusion for us in an expansive world of their own. Each canvas offers a glimpse into the heart of a densely packed scene, guiding our attention through the oblique contours of Cranston’s storytelling. Most of the paintings are scenes of domesticity, private spaces beckoning the viewer’s curiosity inward. Abandoned tables, empty chairs and barren chambers pull the brakes on our attention, first lulling, then tuning our perception to the fabric of dreamlike domains. What emerges is compelling and uncanny: a frail child hanging off sky-high branches, a cat reclining on freshly painted floorboards or a faceless figure meeting our gaze. The question of narrative casts its shadow as we feel the distance between us and the heart of action, tripping up and trying, quickly, to catch on. The work asks, without ever quite revealing, whether these are moments of foreboding or earnest reflection.

Andrew Cranston was born in Hawick in 1969, and lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Cranston has been the subject of solo shows at Karma, New York (2021); Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2018); Wilkinson Gallery, London (2017) and selected group exhibitions include Modern Art, London (2021); Adams and Ollman, Portland, USA (2021); Ingleby Gallery (2020); Karma, New York (2020); Sipgate Shows, Dusseldorf, Germany (2019); Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau, France (2019); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2012). The artist’s work is included in several collections including Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Royal College of Art, London; Unilever Collection, London; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Hall Art Foundation, Reading, VT, USA; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA; LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA and Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, USA.

Andrew Cranston, If you see something that doesn’t look right, Modern Art Bury Street, exhibition view, 1 July - 1 October 2022. Photo: Robert Glowacki. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh


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