Statement 

Cal Mac graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2020, where he studied Sculpture. In 2018, he was selected for an exchange semester in Halifax, Canada. Here, he was able to reflect on the systemic role of everyday addiction in Scotland from a distance, as a culturally invisible taboo, yet socially dependent norm. Since doing this exchange, his research has spanned from macro psychological and political movements advocating for compassionate care in severe addiction, to micro neurological research on its similarities to love.

 

Working mainly in sculpture and video, his practice focusses on giving this urgent conversation on addiction an emotionally visible life. This is most often looked at through the consequential effects of addiction on mental health and interpersonal relationships. These themes are highlighted through contrast, by placing them amongst the therapeutic imagery of water and gentle intimacy, which are proposed as liberations from addiction.

 

As of late, his video works have been made from the raw material of his personal iPhone archives, which are embodied in the addictive format of the 9:16 portrait screen. In this sense, honesty is prioritised in the production of his works, where addiction is present within the real memories he selects, the flashing pace of the works and the materials he uses. His work has been featured in Art Mag UK and the Glasgow Guardian, and has been shown in Limerick, Ireland. In 2020, he recieved the Film and Video Umbrella ‘Beyond Moving Image’ commission.  

Email: calmccormack33@gmail.com

       Instagram: @calmac__studio 

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Residencies

2021 - Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Awards & Grants

2020 - FUV beyond moving image commission 

Education

2016 - 2020 Edinburgh College of Art, Sculpture, BA

2019   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design,                          Exchange Semester 

2015 - 2016 Strathclyde University, Partial Completion              of BSc in Chemistry 

 

Past Exhibitions 

 

2020 - Field Test, Silvermine Mountains, Ireland 

2020 - Dinner Party (a collaboration), Edinburgh                      College of Art

2020 - Sober Dinner Party, Solo Exhibition, Edinburgh              College of Art

2020 - Space Invaders: ECA X                                                  RCA Exchange, Edinburgh College of Art

2020 - Buffering, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College              of Art

2020 - It's a mess from the Barnes to the Civic House,              Glasgow School of Art 

2019 - RCA x ECA sculpture exchange, Royal College            of Art

2019 - Guns on the Run, Edinburgh College of Art 

2019 - Pancake Dinner Party, Nova Scotia College of                Art and Design 

2019 - Sculpture Showcase, Nova Scotia College of Art            and Design 

2018 - Hings and Bits, The Rumshack, Glasgow 

2018 - Material Dialogue, Museum of Fire, Edinburgh              College of Art 

2018 - Help Yourself (dinner party), Solo Exhibition 

           Edinburgh College of Art

Curatorial Work 

2020 - Sculpture Party, Edinburgh College of Art

2018 - Hings and Bits, The Rumshack, Glasgow 

2018 - Body Language, Museum of Fire, Edinburgh                  College of Art

Publications

 

2020 - 'Five Extraordinary Creatives Making their Mark             on the Scottish Art Scene', Canvas Magazine

2019 - 'Eleven Edinburgh Artists you need to know                  about' MUSE magazine 

2018 - PREVIEW: Hings N Bits at The Rum Shak, The              Glasgow Guardian