Grandes Et Petites Machines refers to the Grande Machines of the French salon, large-scale history paintings, which focus on the physical mechanics of human struggle or violent revolution usually set against the crumbling architecture of authority.
This exhibition will endeavour to dramatically highlight the ethical issues raised by various information theories and their related technologies, focusing on their contribution to ideas of progress, entropy and their social, cultural and legal impact. In particular it will seek to expose the coercive role of such technologies in representations of sensationalism, secrecy and encoding in art along with the expansion of governing institutions and patterns of detection and surveillance. An installation of paintings, sculpture and video (spanning the Mackintosh Gallery at Glasgow School of Art and Sorcha Dallas Gallery) will reflect on the changing ubiquity of digital zones, where the virtual and physical coexist, whilst exploring concepts of the artist/creator/viewer as being complicit in the surveillance and division of objects. The concrete artworks in Grandes Et Petites Machines also function virtually as animated components in the accompanying video work Peer to Peer, to be screened during the exhibition period. Peer to Peer is an Artists Film and Video production supported by the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen.
Craig Mulholland was born in Glasgow in 1969. He studied Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1991. Solo exhibitions include 'Hyperinflation', Tate Lightbox, London; 'Bearer on Demand', Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; 'RFID', Changing Rooms, Stirling touring to the Whitechapel Project Space, London, all 2005. Recent group exhibitions include 'Blackberrying', Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, 2007 and 'The Metal Bridge', Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, 2006. Mulholland was a recent recipient of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen Artists Film and Video Award. Mulholland lives and works in Glasgow.