Roderick Buchanan

Work in Progress (1995)

About this artwork

The men in 'Work in Progress' are wearing either Inter Milan or AC Milan football team shirts. The type of portrait is familiar from football publicity photographs, where the players stare ahead with their arms held behind their backs. However, instead of being Italian sportsmen, the players are from amateur five-a-side Glasgow teams. Their separation into two sets alludes to the need of individuals to lend themselves a separate identity, while at the same time maintaining common bonds of knowledge and agreed opinion. The implied rivalry echoes the competition between the two Glasgow football teams, Rangers and Celtic.

  • title: Work in Progress
  • accession number: GMA 4472
  • artist: Roderick BuchananScottish (born 1965)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Sport and leisure
  • materials: 39 photographs, mounted and laminated onto rigid PVC plus vinyl lettering
  • date created: 1995
  • measurements: Each photograph: 49.00 x 39.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund and the Knapping Fund 2002

Roderick Buchanan

Roderick Buchanan

Buchanan was born in Glasgow, where he lives and works. He studied in the Environmental Art Department of Glasgow School of Art and at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Buchanan produces work in a wide variety of media, including video, photography, sculpture and text. Formal sports and informal games feature strongly in his work, as a basis for examining how recreational activities express and communicate personal identity. In 2000 Buchanan was awarded the inaugural Beck's Futures Prize and a Paul Hamlyn Award in 2004. Over the years he has exhibited internationally, including solo shows in Europe, Asia and the United States. Recent exhibitions include Legacy, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2012); Legacy, Imperial War Museum, London (2011) and Beyond Use, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2008). He currently lives and works in Glasgow.