Patricia Cain


09 Mar 2012 - 29 Apr 2012
Riverside Triptych III (2011)

“ Patricia Cain’s work on the Riverside Transport Museum brilliantly captures a singular moment of the build: uniquely documenting the geometric complexity and structural integrity of the museums design” Zaha Hadid

Threadneedle Prize winner Patricia Cain’s Drawing (on) Riverside takes its cue from Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum, which took shape over four years on the site of the former Pointhouse shipyard on the River Clyde. Designed by architectural ‘superstar’ Zaha Hadid, the Riverside opened to the public in June, 2011, as Hadid’s first major public building in the UK.

Over four years, former lawyer Patricia Cain immersed herself in the Riverside’s unique and intricate structure. She won 2 major awards, the Aspect Prize and the Threadneedle Prize, for her forensic studies of the building under construction.

Cain now brings around 50 of her works that interrogate the process of constructing Hadid’s building, which were exhibited in last summer’s major solo exhibition at the Kelvingrove Gallery. The exhibition will also feature archive footage from the Scottish Screen Archive.

Cain describes the process of working on the exhibiton as being similar to the collaborations involved in all construction - and deconstruction. “I found myself really drawn to the past,” she explains. “There is so much history surrounding the Clyde.’

“The making of these vast ships and buildings, many of which no longer exist, did not happen without extensive collaboration between all sorts of individuals. It was these processes rather than the building as an artefact that become the focus of the work.”

Arts writer Jan Patience comments; “The area around the Clyde has gone through massive changes in the last 50 years and Cain has explored this using the new transport museum as a starting point in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.”