Natural Magic, Jacobites by Name and Camera Lucida: Recent works by Calum Colvin

05 Oct ‘16
Art Lecture, October 2016


5.30PM - 6.30PM

Venue: Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, Pathfoot building, University of Stirling

The University is delighted to welcome Calum Colvin to give our bi-annual Art Lecture.

In this talk, Calum will explore the themes presented in the exhibition of recent works at the University of Stirling. A selection from three exhibitions made in the last seven years, Natural Magic, (2009) Jacobites by Name (2015) and Camera Lucida (2012). These works explore very different themes: visual psychology and the history of stereoscopic photography in Natural Magic; the legacy of the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and ’45 in Jacobites by Name, and themes of ageing and loss in Camera Lucida. However they are united by common themes – an abiding interest in the play of light and its poetic resonance in photographic art; the exploration of three-dimensional and two-dimensional space through the combination of light and stereoscopic techniques whose historical precedence inform the subject of the artwork, and an invitation to the viewer to participate in an open-ended visual dialogue where layers of meaning are gradually discerned and a process of transformation occurs where everyday objects are juxtaposed with appropriated painted imagery.

Colvin’s renowned artworks encompass the disciplines of Painting, Photography and Sculpture. Utilising the unique fixed-point perspective of the camera to manipulate constructed images in order to create elaborate narratives, which have the quality of being both open and closed. They are closed in that they clearly refer to given icons and archetypes of Western culture, but open in that they accommodate any number of potential readings. These readings, in turn, reflect the contemporary cultural climate and the unique authorial role of the viewer.

Born in Glasgow in 1961, Calum Colvin has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for the last thirty years since graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in Photography in 1985. He was a winner of one of the first Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Colvin’s artworks have been widely exhibited in venues as diverse as Orkney, Los Angeles and Ecuador. His work is 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.

This event is free of charge and open to staff, students and members of the public.  We do ask however that you register in advance here.


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