Teamwork disrupts all our expectations of the artist. They shatter the
concept of the lone genius, starving in a garret. Yet in visual art some
affecting and dramatic work has been produced by the likes of Christo
and Jeanne-Claude, and Scottish artists Daiziel and Scullion.
In Transmission Gallerys manic tribute to duality and plurality,
John Beagles and Graham Ramsays miniature industrial unit dominates
the proceedings. Orderly from the outside, inside it is a deviant house
of fun, crammed full of demented wind-up toys, newspaper cuttings, two
dum-mies of drone workers and a severed hand with a fried egg.
This chaos is nothing com-pared to the Ecole de Burrows et Bob Smith,
a dysfunctional educational institution spraw-ling across the gallery
floor and walls, where the teachers reg-isters feature memory prompts
such as "quite handsome" and "no talent whatsoever.
A mat-tress, rivalling Emins bed in its messiness, is where the
open-ing night Lennon/Ono Bed-In featuring Joseph Beuys and his Coyote
took place. It didnt, of course, but the notion is another wry dig
at institutional practice and history, especially where art is con-cerned,
from David Burrows,and Bob and Roberta Smith.
Bank have been working collaboratively for almost a decade; here they
show apoc-alyptic paintings think Soviet propaganda posters meets
Berlin wall graffiti. Lighter and slicker is the work of Aus-trian duo
Markus Muntean and Adi Roseublum, pho-tographs of young people in a mocked
up fast-food outlet.
Where the light hits their faces, they have smudges of grease. They somehow
still look cool. There is nothing cool about Heidi, Paul McCarthy and
Mike Kelleys hilariously dark take on family a values. Excessive,
almost unwatchable, the film makes Mike Leighs work look sunny.
Sequences focus on family members such as Tim. A dummy is used to represent
a him on the toilet: the whole family are helping him pass larger and
larger items into a as bowl. A sausage, and then a salami, accompanied
by a thin, brown dribble, are enthusi-asticlly greeted by a team of helpers.
Helping Tim is the less glamorous end of collabora-tive work, maybe, but
like everyone in this show, his family seem to be enjoying themselves