BUT N' BEN
27th Nov - 19th Dec 2004
Kevin Heavey and Kevin Pollock
Not quite a rural cottage but with the gallery's outlook over Arthurs Seat you can almost hear the lowing of Lauder "I've a wee wifie waitin, in a wee but n' ben"
Six weeks ago, in this spirit of humble family abodes, The Embassy welcomed artist in residence Kevin Heavey into the body of its drafty kirk. Having been based in London on the ACME Fire station residency for the last few years, this was back to basics for Heavey. He quickly adjusted to the northern climate and transformed the gallery into a high tech digital suite.
Peace and harmony reigned at The Embassy .until week four. Enter new tenant Kevin Pollock. Hailing from Glasgow, Pollock-toe and Son pulled into town amid a clatter of scrap metal and welding devices.and so the wee side room was occupied.
With a shared interest in construction and an uncanny ability to botch together convincing solutions, Heavey and Pollock present two very different ways of working conducted with enviable confidence and proficiency.
Providing shelter in the wilderness of East Crosscauseway, Pollock builds makeshift structures of ambitious proportions. A one-man recycling agency, he selectively salvages abandoned everyday objects. Following a recent trip to the Cayman Islands, amidst the detritus of hurricane Ivan, Pollock's eye was drawn to Iguana Kennels made by locals. Incorporating elements of such reptile accommodation, this new work promises a peculiar view of the familiar.
Heavey has also honed his hunter-gatherer instincts during his time in the gallery. Gleaning material from the surrounding environment, his project Editburgh invited local residents to suggest alterations to Scotland's capital city via a telephone hotline. Heavey, on behalf of the people of Edinburgh, renders anything possible from a facelift for Greyfriars Bobby to the lift-off of the Scot Monument. Having worked on special effects for Bollywood films, Heavey is a master of virtual amendments. This show sees the outcome of the Editburgh project but also treats viewers to previously unseen footage of a few favorite regional news presenters. Unwittingly achieving fame out with Scotland, these local personalities will also be broadcast Europe-wide on Satellite and Cable television on Open Access channel 687 at 10pm on the evening of the Private View.
Exhibition Open: Thurs-Sun 12-6pm or call the gallery to arrange alternative viewing times
In Conjunction with the private view, Kevin Heavey's video work will be broadcast on Sattelite and cable TV
Tune in to: Channel 687 - Open Access
26th Nov 2004 at 10pm
check channel listings for further broadcasts throughout the duration of the Exhibition
The Embassy Gallery registered in Scotland Company Number:259872
and Charity No. SC035780