The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin
Street Level Photoworks, Sat 5th October, 3 - 5pm
Join us for the book launch of Tom Normand's 'The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin', published by Luath Press. With an introduction by Tom Normand and an 'in conversation' with Calum Colvin, followed by a book signing.
Free but ticketed - Book via Eventbrite
Calum Colvin is one of Scotland’s most innovative photographers, and his photographs are complex constructions. They are composed of three-dimensional stage-sets, populated by everyday household objects, and overpainted with subjects that relate to fine art and to popular culture; as well as to global history, identity, and ecology. Looking at these artworks will involve the viewer in a kind of puzzle, for these photographs need to be interpreted. When explored the photographs reveal a world that is comical and serious, joyous and profound, imaginative and original. Calum Colvin’s photographs, then, allow us to recognise the wonder in contemporary life, and to share in the pleasure of a wild creative journey.
Calum Colvin has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over thirty years. He has exhibited in venues as diverse as Orkney, Los Angeles and Ecuador. He has completed a number of portrait commissions for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the RSA. His works are represented in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art New York; The Museum of Fine Art Houston; The Tate Gallery London and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. Colvin has won numerous award including the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award in 1997 and was a winner of one of the first Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards from which he created the acclaimed exhibition for the SNPG: Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry in 2001. He was awarded an OBE the same year and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design University of Dundee.
Tom Normand is lecturer and writer and has published widely in the history of British art with a special interest in developments in art and photography in Scotland, including the book 'Scottish Photography: A History'. He has taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and in the History of Art Department at the University of St Andrews. He has lectured, nationally and internationally, on Scottish art, culture and society.