Snorlax Beanbag

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Snorlax Beanbag by Oliver Braid, with It's Our Playground and Paul Kindersley. Intermedia Galley, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. January 26th - February 2nd 2013.

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  • S n o r l a x B e a n b a g was conceived and produced by Oliver Braid with creative contributions and collaborations from Its Our Playground and Paul Kindersley. The exhibition was commissioned by Glasgows Centre for Contemporary Arts Intermedia Gallery on behalf of Glasgow City Council with additional support from Creative Scotland. It ran from 26th January 2nd February 2013. For this new work Oliver continued his on-going preoccupation with investigating parallels and interactions between the worlds of humans and the worlds of objects. A key feature of this exhibition, which sets it apart from Olivers previous work, was the deliberate removal of any direct interpretative materials. These themes of hiding and removal are also explored through Its Our Playgrounds use of multiple screens in their exhibition design.

  • Paul Kindersley was commissioned to produce two new short films in response to two of Olivers sculptures, offering a strange alternative to traditional exhibition interpretation. Developed through anecdotal conversations with Oliver Braid these videos could be watched in the exhibition via. QR code or at home through the CCAs website. They can also be viewed through this PDF by clicking the circular video stills.

    Sincerity Shoe (After Lauryn). 2012

  • This exhibition also marked the first time that Oliver has publically exhibited his drawing practice. Eight new drawings were presented inspired by a Pecha Kucha, The Certainty of Insignificance, given by the artist in 2012 at Glasgow School of Art. Each drawing contains a large amount of hidden text from the Pecha Kucha. Although indecipherable the text explains further the perspective of the exhibition and offers again an alternative source of interpretation. You can read the original text here.

  • Time & Space. 2012

  • TCOI (08/20) 2012-13.

  • A further alternative interpretation tool was presented in the form of Oliver himself invigilating the exhibition. Hidden behind a large screen, this was the final work that visitors would encounter. Oliver was presented alongside a specially designed desktop wallpaper on his personal computer, which constituted a fifth work.

    Playing The Flute. 2013.

    Brainfreeze. 2012.

  • Oliver Braid is an artist living in Glasgow. Born in 1984, he studied at Falmouth College of Arts and Glasgow School of Art. He has recently exhibited Ill Look Forward To It at Collective, Edinburgh as part of their New Work Scotland Programme (2011) and My Five New Friends, his first large scale solo exhibition, at The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2012). Throughout 2012 he co-hosted a weekly pop-philosophy radio show with the artist Ellie Harrison, the Ellie & Oliver Show, through CultureLab Radio, Newcastle. As part of the Ellie & Oliver Show they co-presented five special radio shows for Edinburgh Art Festival and co-curated a radio mini-festival for Glasgay. He was a founding member of the experiential therapy group for artists, Artists Anonymous. Following this exhibition Oliver will embark on a four-month long production residency at Triangle, Marseille, sponsored by Patricia Fleming Projects and Creative Scotland. Its Our Playground is an on-line and real-life curatorial practice devised by Camille LeHouezec (b. Paris 1986) and Joey Villemont (b. Bourges 1986). Primarily based in Glasgow Its Our Playground currently curate the exhibition programme for Studio Warehouse and have presented recent independent exhibitions of their practice at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Less Is More Projects, Paris and Market Gallery, Glasgow. Paul Kinderlsey (b. Cambridge 1985) is an artist and YouTube sensation based in London. He graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2009 and has recently presented a solo exhibition at Transition Gallery, London. His YouTube channel The British Are Cumming has nearly quarter of a million hits.