Opening Friday 16th August from 5-8 pm
The exhibition runs from 16th August – 15th September
Galleri Format warmly invites you to join us for the opening of
White Desert by Kevin Malcolm.
Bringing together new works made in 2019, White Desert takes its title from the geologically unique landscape surrounding the town of Flaine, a purpose built resort in the French Alps that was completed in 1969. Conceived by its developers as a creative utopia, it was designed by Hungarian Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer. Futuristic at the time of its conception yet also very much of its era, what is significant about this site is the Brutalist architecture more often associated with cites, isolated in a high mountain environment.
Suggesting a space between reality and dream, documentary and fiction, White Desert approaches Flaine as both a subject and as a location for the unravelling of a speculative, semi-fictional story. These works touch upon themes concerning architectural and cultural heritage, while exploring the artist’s interest in the value of, and the parallels between, artistic and scientific research.
Kevin Malcolm (b.1979 Glasgow) works in a variety of media, his practice is driven by a need to better understand space, place and identity and to highlight the residual histories and power structures which shape our experiences of them. An interest in speculative scenarios drives him towards the altered representations which thrive in the fertile margins of possibility. These desires are played out both through producing artworks and through curatorial and publishing projects which function as collaborative explorations into murky territory. Malcolm is based in Copenhagen where he co-runs the exhibition space Vermilion Sands and the publishing house Hour Editions. He holds a BSc in Human Geography from The University of Glasgow and a BFA in Photography from Glasgow School of Art.