Lucy Duncombe

by on Jul.02, 2010, under Art, Glasgow, Graphic Design

Lucy lives in Glasgow, where she occupies her time as a visual artist, illustrator, and primarily musician. Lucy performs and records with Kenneth Wilson in the band, Trees, as well as in collaboration with other improvisers and musicians. She has just finished her illustration degree at The Glasgow School of Art, where she created a temporary record shop.

“I most recently exhibited a ‘by donation’ cd shop at the Glasgow School of Art degree show, in which all artworks and covers, of which there were 35, were designed, and hand printed by myself in editions of ten. The project began life as an investigation into the phenomena of underground culture and shifted focus to the independent record shop as a pivotal space for the dissemination and exchange of subcultural music and ideas.”

“Record shops are community centres just as much as they are music retailers with individuals reciprocating obscure and treasured information, learning, discussing, dispersing myths and lore. They are places in which access to such coveted knowledge can inspire one in to acting, to quote artist Emma Hedditch, it is this knowledge which “transforms, teaches, and inspires us into acting, making, performances, making and recording sounds”. My hope was that the project could instill the sense of excitement and discovery that I had experienced in record shops, and all that I feel I had learnt and been inspired to do from visiting them.”

Lucy Duncombe and Hanna Tuulikki – Mind Less Mind Full

“The project is a response to the life and works of British experimental film maker, Jane Arden. The results form the basis of an audio visual performance piece scheduled to take place at an exhibition in London, August, 2010, curated by Charlotte Procter.
As musicians, visual artists and illustrators, Hanna and I both have a fascination with the voice and the relationship of sound to image. As vocalists we are drawn towards experimentation both within song structures and free improvisation and this practice is informed by the idea that song can be understood as a sculptural process that finds expression using the materials of the body, and thus, vocal sound making or song as portrait of the self. John Cavanagh on oscillator”

You can see more of Lucy’s work at and she can be contacted via

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We Can Never Stop Mixtape 2

by on Jun.30, 2010, under Glasgow, Mixtape, Music

The second instalment of, the exclusive WCNS mixes, is provided by one half of the RPZ outfit, Hushpuppy. His mix, Sunshine Pop Happening, has opted for an off-kilter, summer vibe using classics and rarities from the 1960s. He has also included a very interesting piece on his views of the movement, music and culture surround the 60s and our perception of it (see below the player).

I think it’s good to hear something different, especially when combining modern mixing techniques with music, totally not designed with that in mind. We hope you enjoy it and also be sure to check out the first in the series, Mathew Craig’s Synthia.

Sean & David – La-De-Da
Blades of grass – Just Aah
Beach Boys – Busy doin nothing
Sugar Shoppe – Skip along sam
Mama Cass – Long time lovin you
Free Design – Umberellas
The Association – Goodbye Columbus
The Groop – Jet song
Harpers Bizarre – Hey, you in the crowd
Sundae Train – Love affair of two happy people
Lovin Spoonful – Do you believe in magic?
Orpheus – Lesley’s world
Chris Montez – The face I love
Sagittarius – I’m not living here
The Buckinghams – Don’t you care
Claudine – My guy
Nino & April – You’ll be needing me
Roger Nicholls – I can see only you
The Group – A famous myth

Download Sunshine Pop Happening here.

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Jude Browning

by on Jun.28, 2010, under Art, Glasgow

Jude Browning’s work caught my eye during the GSA degree show. I’m a big fan of her collage work and the balance between white space, colour choice and shape. The organic appearance of her creations really lure your eye to explore further when you start notice juxtaposing objects such as planes, piers and abstract shots of, what appears to be, concrete architecture.

“My practice is concerned with the disruption of the “act of looking” and the appropriation of knowable themes and genres. This body of work scrutinizes an established concept of the exotic conveyed in the ubiquitous and tacky Tiki style and deliberately mimics a misguided and materialistic understanding of foreign culture. I am specifically interested in the crass subtext of clichés found in commercially rooted imagery. Through exaggerating a representation of cultural tropes and concepts of community I attempt to critique the techniques of (certain recognized) relational artists by drawing parallels between art of this kind and the appeal of experiential commodities. By creating a sense of over-abundance that blends together fragments of colour and form in an incoherent mish mash it becomes hard for the viewer to read the image as a whole.”

“I have recently graduated from painting and printmaking at the GSA and plan on staying and working in Glasgow for another year before going on to study an MA in art writing. My understanding of culture informed by my upbringing inspires my work. I spent my formative years flitting between countries such as Nigeria, Venezuela and Mexico and as a result have an understanding of what it is like to watch these cultures from an outsider and an insider perspective, as well as value the implications of a Western presence.”

Five Crusoes from Judith Browning on Vimeo.

Five different film versions of Robinson Crusoe layered on top of each other using Premiere Pro. The versions consist of a black and white TV series (1964), a version directed by Luis Buñuel (1954), a version starring Pierce Brosnan (1997), “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” (1964) and “Robinson Crusoe on Sin Island” a French porno (2005). The soundtrack is created using techniques that mimic the films construction.

Jude can be contacted via

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Lachlann Rattray

by on Jun.23, 2010, under Art, Glasgow

Lachlann Rattray is an illustrator from Glasgow. He has a crude, psychedelic style which to me, resembles the dark archives of a humorous, yet bad trip in mind expansion.

“Basically I hate being bored, I think I am inspired by absurdity I also like getting a reaction. My style is pretty infantile and over the top i like my artwork to have a sense of humor and if it doesn’t make me laugh while I am making it then its probably not going to turn out well.”

“I have been exhibited in New York, Italy, Glasgow and Edinburgh and recently I was shortlisted for both the world animation and viewers award at this years Fest Anca animation festival in Slovakia; I was also asked to contribute to the most recent Beautiful/Decay underdogs book which was a lot of fun. I really enjoy being asked to participate in shows and exhibitions its nice to know that I am not the only person that A1 posters of star trek characters with bulbous eyes is a good thing.”

Check these links for more of Lachlann’s work:

* artworks
* t-shirts
* magazines
* animation
* political cartoons
* computer programs

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Jamie Shaw

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Glasgow, Photography

Yorkshire boy, Jamie Shaw is currently living and studying in Glasgow. He doesn’t have a regimental format when it comes to photography, he carries his camera everywhere and what clicks in his mind, he captures.

There is a strong essence of escapism and fun in his photos. He does seem to have a knack for capturing the best moments at the best parties. It’s good to be able to immerse yourself in the fun and adventure which seems to be so present in his lifestyle.

Jamie has had work featured in Vice Magazine and also on Booooooom. Check out his Flickr collection We Are Adventurers.

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35mm Double Exposure Project

by on Jun.19, 2010, under Beyond, Glasgow, Photography

Though they have never met, David Cooper and Steve Messer recently collaborated on this 35mm double exposure project.Steve got in touch with David on flickr and a friendship developed. David shot a roll of film on his Olympus Trip 35, removed the film in a darkroom (the bog) and sent it to Steve, in Bath. Steve then used this exposed film to shoot his 36 pictures on top. After a long time (Steve loves his green) the results emerged. Furthermore, a can of deodorant exploded in Steve’s bag, affecting the prints.

Due to the marriage of digital photography and simple photo editing tools, this effect may come ten to a penny. What’s inspiring about this project is the effort that’s went into it. In this current age of convenience, collaborations like this tend not to happen between two strangers.

You can see more of the project at their joint account.

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Get Photographed by Gordon Burniston (and get paid)

by on Jun.18, 2010, under Glasgow, Photography, Shout Out

Glasgow photographer Gordon Burniston is working on a job and needs your help. The job requires shooting 50 seperate 18- 27ish year olds, next week. If you would like the opportunity to have your portrait taken by this talented photographer plus get a fiver for it, pop along to his studio at 40 Osborne Street, Merchant City, anytime between 9am-6pm, Monday 21st June.

You can view more of his work at

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GCF Help Required

by on Jun.16, 2010, under Glasgow, Shout Out

The Glasgow Cycling Festival is looking for photographers and filmers to help cover their week of events.

If you reckon you produce stellar quality work, and would like to get involved. Send a few examples of your work over to Neil McKie via

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Dam Mantle Free Gig

by on Jun.15, 2010, under Gigs, Glasgow, Nights Out

Dam Mantle is pretty spot on right now in terms of that off-kilter wonk/glitch/dubstep scene which has taken over the city in the past year. He’s a normal, unassuming-looking Glasgow-based art student called Tom Marshallsay, but probably one of the most exciting producers about at the moment. He released his EP ‘Grey‘ at the beginning of April (on boutique label Halleluwah Hits), featuring the luscious tracks; Grey and Rebong (see below). His remix of Kele Okereke’s Tenderoni (also below) not only makes the tune sound good – a feat in itself – but makes it into something mind-spangling.

Following the success of the Sailor Jerry Presents… series, Sailor Jerry bring their free live music, film and art event to Glasgow with California dance punk act !!! (Chk Chk Ck) and Dam Mantle will be supporting.

There will also be an exclusive screening of the short film Hori Smoku which documents the life and works of Norman Adams aka Sailor Jerry. Did you know, due to an IRS dispute, he stopped tattooing from his 20s to his late 50s? He only tattooed for 12 years in total.

You can pick up tickets here but hurry as space is limited!

Dam Mantle – Grey

Dam Mantle – Rebong

Kele Okereke – Tenderoni (Dam Mantle remix)

Photos by Gabriel Green

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GSA Degree Show 2010

by on Jun.14, 2010, under Exhibition, Glasgow

On Friday, June 11th, the doors opened to the public for this year’s Glasgow School of Art Degree Show. The show is always a fine opportunity to see the emerging talent being nurtured within those famous walls. We Can Never Stop will be bringing you work from many of the graduates over the coming month, with an insight into how they work and what they have their eyes on for the future.

Jonny Burke was good enough to document the night for WCNS with his camera – despite the infamous Renfrew Street party in full effect. Unfortunately, due to the regimental approach to queueing this year, we only had time to visit the Vis Com building, so apologies for not getting photos of some of the excellent work which was on display inside The Art School.

(Milk courtesy of Jamie Dunn)

After the festivities of outside ground to halt, Milk played another energetic gig and Thunder Disco Club celebrated their first birthday in style, with a fine DJ set. They may not have played a good deal many gigs, but their performance eradicated any notions that they are anything but amateurs. To complete the sensory appeal, Glasgow’s most famous seagull, Joe Crogan, demonstrated his might with a captivating, no holds barred, approach to the visuals. What were the ingredients? Scantily clad, helmet wearing dames, lots of grids and an effervescent collection of colour – magic!

If you missed out, the show will be running till the 19th and there’s plenty helpful informtion on the GSA site. Be also sure to look through the Vis Com site as some of the work in there is outstanding.

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