The Park Gallery
The Park Gallery is a contemporary visual arts and crafts gallery situated in Callendar
House. The exhibition programme includes work by local, national and international
artists and makers. It also offers a programme of workshops and gallery talks, often
led by the exhibiting artists and makers, for most of the scheduled exhibitions.
More information about current exhibitions, together with the programme of upcoming
events, can be found on the Park Gallery
Self-defence and other hobbies.
30 November 2013 - 25 January 2014
Alex Frost makes sculptures and drawings for galleries and public spaces. His work
employs many of the familiar signs of contemporary lifestyle. He is interested in
the particularities of life in late-capitalist western culture.
He uses methods, such as mosaic and sand sculpture, that reference the archaeological
and ancient. Yet these methods also allude to more recent ideas like a community
art motivated by social justice or a corporate motorway sculpture. His perspective
is ambivalent, he does not adopt a critical distance but instead acknowledges his
own conflicted position as an artist within contemporary culture. The results are
often surprisingly warm, beautiful and uncynical.
In one recent example he built 9 large polystyrene noses and floated them in the
pond at Glenfiddich's Whisky Distillery.
As a former private/aristocratic residence that is now in public ownership Callendar
House, and its gardens, host many leisure activities for the community of Falkirk.
Amongst its many roles the building is a museum of local history, a cafe and hosts
weddings. The woods and parkland that surround the house contain a golf course (both
traditional and crazy), a pond with swan pedalos, a mausoleum, bike trails, a castle
themed play park.
For his exhibition at The Park Gallery at Callendar House using sculpture and drawing
techniques Frost will be adding to and borrowing from this eclectic array of leisure
Alex Frost lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. His most recent solo exhibitions
include: Future Spotters (Kassel, 1987 & Münster, 2013), 2013, at Wewerka Pavilion,
Münster, Germany; The Old & New Easterhouse Mosaic (& everything in between), 2012,
at Platform, Glasgow and The Connoisseurs, 2010, at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee.
His work has also been included in recent group exhibitions at: Battat Contemporary,
Montreal, Canada; The Drawing Room, London; The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow;
Trinity Museum, New York; The Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York; Gimpel
Fils, London; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; New Forest Pavilion at the Venice Biennale;
Jerwood Space, London; A Foundation, London Studio Voltaire; London and Anton Kern,
His permanent public commission ‘The New Easterhouse Mosaic’ is located at The Bridge,
Easterhouse and was commissioned by Platform (Easterhouse) and The Glasgow School
'New Easterhouse Mosaic'
For more information about the work of Alex Frost, and in particular photographs
of his exhibition 'Self Defence and Other Hobbies', please click
the link to the artist's website.
The Park Gallery stocks a small range of contemporary art and craft items for sale.
All major credit cards are accepted but we regret that we are unable to process
card transactions under £5.00.
Free parking for cars is available a short walk from the gallery. The Park Gallery
is wheelchair accessible. Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf are welcome.