Kevin Malcolm


The exhibition Outremer is one part of an ongoing body of work begun in 2014. It takes as a starting point the Musée Guimet in Paris and it’s collection of Asian art amassed by industrialist and traveller Emile Guimet whose fortune was made in the production of a synthetic ultramarine pigment essential as a whitening agent. Not only describing the colour, Outremer (Ultramarine) translates directly from French as overseas and was the name given to colonial territories and to military service performed there. In these works the role of the artist as collector and exhibitor of images and objects in a digital era is questioned and parallels are made with 19th Century traditions of collecting.

Driven by an interest in how images, texts and objects communicate, Malcolm is concerned with unearthing subliminal layers of meaning. Through strategies of alteration, combination and repositioning, the work aims to highlight residual histories and power dynamics, enabling reflection on knowledge production and representation. He has a tendency to engage with and rework found material and his work often features a fragmentation or decay of language and information, suggesting alternative interpretations and narratives.

During the opening of the exhibition there will be a reading by artist and writer Henning Lundkvist from a text produced for an upcoming publication (published by Woodpecker Projects) on Malcolm’s work.

Born and educated in Glasgow, Malcolm is currently based in Copenhagen where he runs the exhibition space Vermilion Sands and the publishing house and curatorial platform Hour Projects.

The exhibition is curated by Woodpecker Projects.

Woodpecker Projects is an ambulatory exhibition initiating platform and a small publishing house. Our mission is to produce, promote, document, and theorize new works exploring the intersection of word, image, page and exhibition. The editors of Woodpecker Projects are Ditte Ejlerskov, Jens Henricson and Jerker Knape.

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