Building per Hour is a bar and sculptural form created for the SWG3 Acid Bar, by artist Tessa Lynch. The piece is adapted from a 2017 work, of the same name, made from plaster and household paint which was presented at her solo exhibition L-Shaped Room at Spike Island. The striped build up of colour relates to new concrete pouring technologies, whereby satellite controlled casts move rapidly up a framework allowing the fast pouring and curing of a buildings’ concrete core, at a rate of around 30cm per hour. The intense pinkness comes from Lynch’s observation of a building in Glasgow being constantly painted in this strange bodily hue, but never quite being finished. For Lynch this remembered scenario seemed like a potent motif for the city - its incompleteness, the fragmentary nature of urban experience and the individualistic pink carrying a strange agency amidst the greys of the surrounding architecture. Tessa Lynch is a Glasgow based artist working predominantly in sculpture and performance. She mimics objects and scenarios found in the urban landscape, charting the emotional impact of our built environment and the structures that shape it. Connected research spans from investigating the existence of the female flâneur/flâneuse through to activism and town planning.
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Self-Defence (2018) Limited edition screen print x 20
Self Defence is a companion piece to Building per Hour and illustrates Lynch’s current research into Christine de Pizan’s book The Book Of The City of Ladies (1405), an allegorical handbook instructing the building of a city from and by worthy women throughout history.
(b. 1984, Surrey UK) Tessa Lynch received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and her BA Hons Tapestry from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007.
Recent exhibitions include: L-Shaped Room, Spike Island, Bristol (2017); NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2017) Wave Machine, David Dale, Glasgow (2016); Painter's Table, Gallery of Modern Art for Glasgow International Director's Programme, Glasgow (2016); Cafe Concrete, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2014); Raising, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh as part of GENERATION (2014); Tessa is currently working in collaboration with Collective and landscape architects Harrison Stevens on elements of the redesign of the Old City Observatory landscape upon Edinburgh's historic Calton Hill.