The Modern Institute presents Eva Rothschild, Simon Starling and Rachel Eulena Williams for Art Basel OVR: Pioneers. Each artist has been influential in their innovative and transformational use of material, and in expanding the boundaries with their conceptual approaches towards installation, sculpture and painting respectively. For Rothschild and Starling, The Modern Institute exhibits key works quintessential of their longstanding practice, while new work by Williams has been created specifically for OVR: Pioneers, in conjunction with her first solo show with the gallery and in the UK.
Eva Rothschild has achieved international acclaim for her practice which involves both conceptual and socio-political ideas alongside traditional approaches to making sculpture. Such materials often appear to transcend their physical limitations, hovering between representation, symbolism and actual form.
Simon Starling has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and presented at major festivals, including the Turner Prize in 2005, representing Scotland at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, and was included in the central exhibition Fare Mondi/Making Worlds in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.
Rachel Eulena Williams questions the formal boundaries between painting and sculpture. her reconfigured canvases unbind painting from the stretcher, avoiding conventional support systems and imagine a myriad of spatial contortions. Through her distinctive approach to the medium and its history, Williams searches for that which is not easily defined, fixed, or part of the visible, earthly world.
The Modern Institute was founded in Glasgow in 1997. The gallery works with internationally established and emerging artists. Working on both public and private shows with the artists worldwide, the gallery hosts a program across its two spaces in Glasgow, as well as curating projects in galleries and institutions internationally.