if any, before

6th June 2015 -
21st June 2015

Francis Caballero, Tim Dalzell, Caitlin Merrett King


Friday 5th June, 6 – 9pm
Generously sponsored by Tennent’s Black

After Party:
5th June, 9pm till late
Brutti Compadres
3 Virginia Court

Saturday 6 June – Sunday 21st June
Thurs – Sun, 12 – 5pm (or by appointment)



A few minor details:

If doubtful remember, one colour-coded chit each/ keep your cloth stapled to the table.

Of course/

Any man who sings is a pleasure to his friends but any man who chants is not a pleasure to his associates.

But beware//

(Before) any salty tongues glimmer… ball and fingers must find where the orange is sweet.

Lifting its title from a subordinate clause in a popular game manual, ‘if any, before’ is an exhibition of new works by Francis Caballero, Tim Dalzell and Caitlin Merrett King – recent graduates from The Glasgow School of Art and recipients of The Phoenix Bursary. The artists share a spontaneous approach to making and a focus on hyper-real representations and simulations of the everyday.


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Francis Caballero graduated with BA (Hons) Painting and Printmaking from The Glasgow School of Art in 2014. He is a member of Glasgow-based collective Fanfare and was involved in the organization and exhibiting of Perm, a recent series of five one-night-only, solo shows. Recent Exhibitions include Fanfare II, Veneer Gallery, Glasgow (2014), School of Fine Art Showcase, McClellan Galleries, Glasgow (2014). Gjallarhorn and the 10 Fight Losing Streak, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (2015).
Nurturing a literary sensibility in his painting, Caballero finds inspiration in the turmoil of the working environment. Often the use of large, breezily painted surfaces act as flatbed for smaller icons, contained in their own display. The resulting pairing of studies demonstrates an on-going intrigue towards the meeting points of figuration, formalism and nonchalance. Reworked canvasses and indecision play large roles in the activation of his work, with drawn and premeditated elements meeting to characterize the muddied process of making.
‘Big Green’ (provisional title of work) expands on Caballero’s dialectic with the studio. Its starting point draws from conversation around the Subbuteo playing surface, widely known as a tabletop game simulating team sports, most notably football. The cloth used in the game acts as simulation of a marked field, in which pieces can be rearranged and manipulated on. The canvas shown in if any before mimics the Subbuteo cloth, interrupted instead by heads-up display of drawing and menu screen motif, by gauntlets and turkey.

Tim Dalzell graduated with BA (Hons) Sculpture & Environmental Art from Glasgow School of Art in 2014 and has since continued to work in Glasgow. After graduating he co-founded the YAKA collective. Dalzell was recently selected for the New Contemporaries exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy and was awarded the Sir William Gillies Bequest Award. He has also been selected for a follow up exhibition ‘New Scottish Artists’ (2015) opening at The Fleming Gallery, London in May 2015.
Dalzell is interested in how the development of virtual space accessed through mediums such as the internet, games consoles and 3D modelling software has, in recent years provided the opportunity for the creation of entirely new environments and situations. He’s particularly drawn to those that create a psychedelic atmosphere through their inability to truly replicate the ‘real’.
‘What Monkey’s Can Teach Us…’ Dalzell’s new work for the Telfer Gallery, will explore the narrative of the humble ladder, primarily in relation to video gaming. Since the release of Donkey Kong in 1981, the ladder has been consistently used as a tool to explore and progress through endless virtual environments. Though the ladder features in the vast majority of map-based video games, its operation has regularly been made awkward through poor design and failure to truly replicate reality. The frustration of manoeuvring characters to an exact position to attach to a ladder, only to seconds later plummet to an inevitable death, thanks to the slight mistouch of a button, has become all too familiar. How often in real life are we required to climb ladders 500 metres high?

Caitlin Merrett King graduated with BA (Hons) Painting and Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art in 2014, completing a semester at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore in 2012. Earlier this year she co-curated Perm, a series of five solo one-night-only exhibitions at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow. She is also a member of the Glasgow-based artist collective Fanfare. Recent exhibitions include Key Lime Pie, Glasgow Open House Festival (2015); Faux Sho, curated by (It’s all) Tropical, Assembly House, Leeds (2015); Bacon Scissors, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (2015); Voidoid 002, Voidoid Archive, Glasgow (2014).
With a hyper conscious awareness of modern art practice and the performance of being an artist, Merrett King is interested in object relations, i.e the ability of objects to convey meaning, indicate character or pertain to a specific cultural significance. She investigates the initial material experience of ‘things’ in terms of desirability, functionality, with the ‘thing’ itself often acting as an autonomous character within an constellation of other objects/players. These interests manifest themselves as textiles, sculpture, film and installation works.For this group exhibition at The Telfer Gallery, Merrett King will present a new soft sculpture which takes power-up items from video game culture as an aesthetic starting point. An interest in the digital simulation of the everyday and our interactions with consumer leisure objects informs the work.



‘if any, before’ is the final exhibition presented by The Telfer Gallery at our Merchant City location. In September 2015, The Telfer Gallery will open a new ground floor, public facing gallery space in the heart of the Barras Market in the immediate East End of Glasgow. The new gallery space is part of a wider capital development project led by MANY Studios CIC and is supported by the Barras Vacant and Underused Floorspace Grant Scheme, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

Since 2012, The Telfer Gallery has presented new work from local, national and international artists. As well as showcasing recent graduates from The Glasgow School of Art, we have exhibited international artists such as Yuri Pattison (London), recently selected for British Art Show 8, and Elizabeth Corkery (Boston). We have facilitated residencies and collaborated with Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) as well as curating projects for Edinburgh Arts Festival 2013, Annuale 2013 & 2014 and Glasgay Festival 2013.

In summer 2015 we will present a specially commissioned event by Abigale Neate Wilson, in collaboration with Scottish Book Trust, for Edinburgh Art Festival 2015 and present a curated selection of work by emerging artists at The Manchester Contemporary 2015.