The Spell of Information


24.11.07 - 30.11.07

Deryck Walker exhibits 'The Spell of Information" at SWG3 Gallery

The Scottish born fashion designer Deryck Walker is set to unveil his new installation, ‘The Spell of Information’ at Glasgow’s SWG3. Drawing on themes and elements that have become synonymous with his fashion label, Walker is creating a sweeping installation using his trademark windmill symbol. 

The Spell of Information will be based on the concept of an idea; transforming it into a visual form. Something that can be traced from its moment of conception, to the point where it fills the entire room. The installation will consume the gallery space and be suspended from the ceiling. 

The Spell of Information follows the success of Walker’s ‘Spell’ sculpture, a windmill inspired take on the traditional Christmas tree at London’s infamous Reindeer pop-up restaurant. The Spell sculpture was commissioned in 2006 by Pablo Flack, owner of the London eatery Bistrotheque and consisted a 30ft high tree, made from over one hundred windmills of varying sizes, suspended in motion. The windmill has become an on-going theme that runs through Walker’s fashion collections and installations. Walker’s preoccupation with the shape stems from its ability to be a symbol of power and movement, as well as being a simple shape with associations of childhood. 

Deryck Walker recently debuted his Spring/Summer 08 women’s wear collection during London Fashion Week to critical acclaim. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s most exciting design talents, Walker trained at the fashion houses of Versace, Boudicca and Robert Carey Williams, before launching his men’s wear label in 2004. 

SWG3 is a constantly evolving space, showcasing a flux of creative talent. The gallery offers exhibition and studio space for artists, designers, photographers, performers and musicians. Deryck Walker’s exhibition will be housed in the +44 141 Gallery, a space recently occupied by the Comme des Garcons Guerrilla Store and previously used as a wedding car garage. Walker has been invited to showcase in his home town of Glasgow by SWG3’s curator, Mutley. The end of the exhibition will be marked by The Spell of Information being dismantled during a closing party at SWG3 and given to the guests. 

Glasgow boasts an energetic arts scene, typified by the SWG3 complex of studios and exhibition spaces. This magnificent Victorian city is home to the largest number of creatives in the UK outside London. These range from figurative painters (dubbed the New Glasgow Boys) to headline-making conceptual artists of truly international acclaim.  No single city has fielded an equal number of Turner Prize nominees; no single city has nurtured, inspired, and unleashed quite as many contemporary art superstars, including Jim Lambie, Douglas Gordon, Simon Starling, Phil Collins, Christine Borland and David Shrigley. 

‘The Spell of Information’ at SWG3 is supported by Glasgow: Scotland with style, the city brand that also sponsored Deryck’s acclaimed catwalk show at London Fashion Week in September as part of the Glasgow: Scotland with style Design Collective.       


Bailie Liz Cameron, Vice-Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said, “Glasgow is a place where stylish and exciting things happen, and we are delighted to be supporting Deryck Walker in bringing his latest artistic endeavour to his home city.”