NOW's programme reflects the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s ambition to share contemporary art with a wide audience, and will shine a light on the quality and range of work being made by artists working in Scotland today, from those at the beginning of their career to established talents with an international standing. It will also feature the work of artists from across the globe, placing art created in Scotland in an international context, and demonstrating the crucial exchange between artistic communities around the world.
At the heart of each exhibition is a significant presentation devoted to the work of a single artist, around which group displays and room-sized installations by a range of other artists will be selected to explore common themes and ideas.
The current NOW exhibition highlights the work of a younger generation of artists such as 2007 Tapestry (now Intermedia) alumna Tessa Lynch, whose installation Wave Machine, composed of photographs, floor-based sculptures, and a projected text, was created for a solo presentation at David Dale Gallery in Glasgow in 2016. Lynch describes her work as being "fascinated by the emotional impact of the environment – especially the built environment, urban settings, how they’re shaped and controlled and, in turn, how they shape us" and Wave Machine focusses on the artist's immediate surroundings, exploring the politics that shape and condition the architecture of our environments.
Torsten Lauschmann's piece Growing Zeros (Digital Clock) is both a 24-hour-long film and a functioning clock. The artist’s hands, furiously moving the seconds, minutes, and hours in order to try to keep up with the progression of time, animate the wooden blocks. The labour involved in the physical act of making the work is made visible, with the movement of technological process. The pace at which his hands are required to move could be read as an allusion to our continuing race to keep up with the latest cutting-edge digital developments.