Key facts about the artist

A Perfect Father Day?
A Perfect Father Day? (2011)

Schrag encouraged people of all ages to roll down hills for the project, 'Male Roll Model'
Born
Zimbabwe
Studied
Vancouver and Glasgow
Studying for a practice-led PhD at Newcastle University
Lives
Edinburgh

Gallery


Video: GENERATION Playtime/Palcetime (2014)

Video: Offside: An Inter-Estate Football Match (2012)

"Working with the South London Gallery and residents in Peckham, we identified that gang culture between two housing estates was becoming something of an issue, so we wanted to find a way to speak about the ‘problem’ but not try to ‘fix’ it. We therefore came up with an “inter-estate football match” that might bring the two estates together, particularly the ‘hard to reach’ young men. However, it was literally inter-estate, with one goal on one housing estate and the other on the other housing estate. The game was a 35-a-side match that weaved its way through parking lots, across roads, over parks, and around people’s houses. It became a creative - but productive - way to think about each other’s territory." - Anthony Schrag

Where is Offisde? An Inter-Estate Football Game (2012)

Video: Pigheaded Cupar Justice (2013)

"A commission in Cupar, Fife, that explored how the town would adapt to having its Sheriff Court closed. The town had had a Sheriff Court for over 800 years and much of its identity was tied up to it being a site of legal and civic management. Particularly, I was interested in how the children of the town would adapt to a new identity over time, and proposed to merge that town with the Lord of The Flies, another community that had to cope without law and order. The children of the town sought me out over an afternoon, chased me down and once caught me, had to collectively decide how to punish me. They decided to throw me in the river." - Anthony Schrag

Pigheaded Cupar Justice: He that will to Cupar, maun to Cupar  (2013)

Film by Stuart Armitt

Video: Fight Club (2013)

"On a self-initiated residency at an office (Glasgow Life) I wanted to find a way to speak about how physically controlling the work environment was, and how this limited both creative working but social interactions. I proposed a ‘fight club’ in the basement of the building every Friday afternoon that might propose new ways of interacting with each other, but also vent frustrations and propose new social relationships." - Anthony Schrag

 

Fight Club (2013)

Video: Human Pinata (2005)

"A project developed for the Market Gallery in Denistoun, Glasgow, looking at the violence within the area and how to approach the issue with the community with a sense of humour so that the issue could be openly discussed, rather than judgemental and didactic." - Anthony Schrag

The Human Pinata (2005)

Video: Opening (2007)

"This projected was developed in response to audience's expectations of the 'art experience' and then re-assessing the parameters of that experience. It also looked at our expected standards of phenomenology, and the expected patterns of human interface and relationships within the art world. And it was a great excuse to make people jump for booze. While having several incarnations, including at Brown Mountain Festival (London) and Schalter (Berlin), this is documentation of its first installation at InterMedia Gallery in Glasgow." - Anthony Schrag

Opening (2007)

About Anthony's work

From climbing a gallery wall or scaling a drainpipe to rolling down a grassy hill, Anthony Schrag’s exhibitions and projects are centred on live events rather than objects such as paintings or sculptures. His events are developed from detailed research into the contexts within which they are shown. They often involve humour and physical activities relating to the human body with an element of experimentation and risk. At heart, Schrag’s work asks questions about common experiences of relationships and social structures, to encourage us to understand our place within the world. His interest in involving the audience for his work has increasingly led him to collaborate with a diverse range of individuals and groups. They are active participants rather than passive viewers,

Opening (2007) was first created for Intermedia Gallery in Glasgow. It turns the formal structure of a conventional art ‘opening’ on its head. Usually, invited guests attend a drinks reception to launch a new exhibition whilst viewing the artwork. Here, visitors are instead required to bounce on a trampoline or navigate a network of knee-high ropes to reach a can of beer while others watch.

A Perfect Father Day? (2011) shows Schrag’s interest in reaching a broad public audience with his work. It was developed as part of an artist’s residency that Schrag undertook in Huntly, Aberdeenshire and examined the father's role in society. It responded to statistics highlighting the increasing number of households where male adults are absent for reasons like the need to work away from home. Schrag’s activities, such as Male Roll Model where people of different ages were gathered and encouraged to roll down hills, were typically poignant and light-hearted. His orchestrated events encouraged reflection on the importance of nurturing and support within relationships between friends and families.

Biography

Anthony Schrag (born 1975 in Zimbabwe) studied Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2000) and undertook postgraduate studies in Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art (2005). Selected exhibitions and projects include: There Shall Be Blood, Timespan, Helmsdale (2013); No Such Thing As Offside, South London Gallery, London (2012); Tourist in Residence, Edinburgh Art Festival (2012); A Perfect Father Day?, Deveron Arts, Huntly (2011); and REBELLAND, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2007). Schrag has undertaken residencies in Canada, Finland, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and the USA and he is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He lives and works in Edinburgh.

More information

Anthony Schrag, Legislating Risk, website for Public Art + Research Scotland, 2011

Anthony Schrag et al., Its Not Hard: Explorations of Live Art, Tramway, Glasgow, 2008

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