Modern art in all its wonder

28th September 2001 at 01:00
HERE + NOW: Scottish Art 1990-2001. Dundee Contemporary Arts. Until November 4.

Here + Now is the last of a series of four exhibitions featuring Scottish art from 1945 to the present day. A collaboration between galleries in Dundee and Aberdeen, it features more than 50 artists and is spread across five venues: Dundee Contemporary Arts, the McManus Galleries and The Generator Projects in Dundee and the Art Gallery and Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen.

If you can only get to the DCA, you should not feel hard done by. This is an interesting, sometimes exciting, clever and often funny show which reflects the diversity of contemporary art in Scotland. More than 20 artists are featured, some working in film, sound, neon lights or paint (with untraditional results), others using feather boas, silver ladles and coins.

Children who claim not to like art will find it hard to resist Ross Sinclair's 1995 "Portable Studio Real Life". A compact stage is set out like a market stall with dozens of T-shirts bearing slogans such as "My Street Stinks" and "Are We Having Fun Yet?" The set is littered with drinks crates, electric guitars, sound equipment and Real Life beer bottles. A television shows a continuous loop of a man busking in the street, having his back scrubbed in the shower as he croons "Singing in the Rain" and playing songs on a toilet.

David Shrigley shows a photograph of a skull he carved from a potato. A long strip of plastic stuck to the gallery floor is the work of Roderick Buchanan, entitled "Full Scale Premier League Goal Mouth", and Carol Rhodes has painted striking landscapes of a car park, a service station and an airport runway.

Most of the exhibit labels tell only the title of the work, artist's name and materials used. For more you will have to buy the pound;10 catalogue.

Deedee Cuddihy

For details of children's events during the October break, contact DCA, tel 01382 606220; Aberdeen Art Gallery, tel 01224 52370, www.aagm.co.uk

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