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An Clar Glas (The Grey Album) 2005

Danger Museum, Oyvind Renberg (born 1976, Olso, Norway), Miho Shimizu (born 1976, Tokyo, Japan)

Oyvind Renberg (Norway) and Miho Shimizu (Japan) have worked together as the duo 'Danger Museum' since 2001. Their work often evolves in collaboration with other artists or locals around the world. Projects culminate in visual and sculptural pieces, publications and web-projects. An Clar Glas (The Gray Album) was produced during the LOCALE residency at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen in 2005. Reflecting the LOCALE brief (that urges the resident artists to collaborate with audiences outside the art scene) the artists chose the Beatles as a theme. The project, An Clar Glas, investigated ideas of community, pop culture and the art institution by looking at the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper' album, and culminated in a re-shoot of the iconic album cover. The final image features a mix of Aberdeen locals, Beatles fans and historic icons standing alongside the two artists. Over three months the artists ran a series of events at Peacock. Their karaoke nights and screenings of rock movies attracted a curious mix of Beatles fans and gallery visitors. Some people went on to appear in the Sgt. Pepper re-shoot, such as granite worker Jim Reid, who followed the artists’ steadily accumulating set at Peacock in his lunch breaks. Peacock staff also chose people they wanted to see in the picture: so shop owner S. Yaseen from the George Street Spice Shop, and Beryl Reid from the Square One hardware shop, appeared alongside Liz Taylor and Jesus. In addition, the artists collected material from around Aberdeen, and included photos of animals in the Hazlehead park, seagulls from the beach, vegetation from the Duthie Park Winter Garden, beach sand, oil and maritime items.

Acquisition Details

Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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