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Rowan DG Corkill

Rowan Corkill was born in Scotland in 1986. He received a BA in photography & Electronic media at Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen. Followed by an MSC in Sound Art & Design at Duncan of Jordanston University, Dundee. Rowan Corkill has exhibited nationally and internationally with shows in Europe, North & South America and Canada. The artist has been working with nature as a prominent theme since 2010.

Rowan DG Corkill

Rowan Corkill was born in Scotland in 1986. He received a BA in photography & Electronic media at Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen. Followed by an MSC in Sound Art & Design at Duncan of Jordanston University, Dundee. Rowan Corkill has exhibited nationally and internationally with shows in Europe, North & South America and Canada. The artist has been working with nature as a prominent theme since 2010.

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Rowan DG Corkills artistic practice is focused around mankind’s relationship with nature, both past and present. The artists research is centred on the ethnographical exploration of different cultures and civilisations, many of which are firmly rooted in a deep relationship with nature. By exploring different cultures, the artist has been able to learn how the human species has understood and interpreted nature over thousands of years through complex mythologies and symbolisms.  This seems ever more prominent in a world where science and technology are at the forefront of our gaze, with the natural world becoming increasingly distant and our relationship with nature slowly dissipating.

Materials play a strong role in the artists practice, particularly the use of animal and plant materials which are collected and used in most of his works. Animal hides and skins are incorporated into sculptural works through taxidermy techniques which the artist has practiced for over 10 years. These taxidermy pieces do not fit within standard notions of the art form, instead of favouring the realism of Victorian taxidermy his works draw more from ethnographical objects such as African Nkisi objects or Nagaland head trophies. The use of taxidermy in his work acts as a foundation on which to apply materials, most of which are imbued with symbolic meanings which elevate the objects beyond the norms of the everyday. It is these symbolic references which cultures have applied to almost every facet of the natural world that drives the artist to explore new materials and provides him with a never-ending appreciating for both nature and mankind’s creative interpretations of it.

The works which Rowan Corkill creates posse a sense power as well as fragility, a duality which echoes that of the natural world.  In recent sculptural works the artist has explored the protective qualities of materials, both physical and symbolic. The idea of protection has been one of mankind’s most prominent desires from the beginning of time and has manifested its selves in ritualistic objects around the world. Nature often acts as an intermediary between man and the spirit world beyond and It is in these instances that we can truly see the power and respect that nature once held over mankind.

Exhibitions List:

Solo exhibitions:

2016. The Seeker. 139 Artspace. Greenwich. London

2015. Ablutio. La Petite Mort Gallery. Ottowa. Canada

2013 Nigredo. Format Gallery. Milan. Italy

2010 Image after Memory. Project Slogan. Aberdeen. Scotland.UK

2009 BankStreet Gallery Presents. Kirriermuir. Scotland. UK

 

 

Group Exhibitions:

2017. Canadian art & Danya Danger. Ottowa. Canada

2016. Evening at Le Petit Salon. Ottowa. Canada

2016. The Forewarned. Galleria Olinala & LPM Projects. Puerto Vallarta. Mexico

2015. Summa International Art Fair. LPM Projects. Madrid. Spain

2015. Keep me Posted. Art-Hub.London. UK

2015. Modern Panic. Guerrilla Zoo. London. UK

2015. Balak 3# Project Balak. Charleville-Mezieres. France

2014 The Grass Grows. Basel. Switzerland

2014 Antiritrato. Milan Photo Festival. Milan. Italy

2014 Hang Woman: The Arrested Feminine. Shwarts Gallery. London. UK

2013 The Others Fair. Turin. Italy

2013 London Calling 013. London.UK

2013 Hot One Hundred, Shwarts Gallery. London.UK

2013 The Catalyst Belfast Photography Festival. Belfast. Northern Ireland

2012 1 Minute Autohypnosis 11. Online project. Mute Sound.org

2012 Thank You for Creating London. CLR Projects. London. UK

2012 Hatched. Hatch Space studios. London. UK

2011 Open Online .Fermynwoods. NorthHampton. UK

2010 DJCA Masters Show. DJCA Dundee. Scotland. UK

2010 Resonance FM ‘Experimental Orchestra’ Kill Your Timid Notion Festival, DCA. Scotland. UK

2010 Murmur Collective. DJCA. Scotland. UK

2009 The London Group Annual Show. London. UK

2009 The Tomorrow People. Hackney Wicked festival, Elevator Gallery. London. UK

2009 Society of Scottish Artists Annual Show. Vision Building. Dundee. Scotland.UK

2009 Postcards from the edge-Visual Aids. Metro Pictures. New York. America

2009 New Highland Graduates. Touring Exhibition of Highlands. Scotland. UK

2008 RSA Student Exhibition, Edinburgh. Scotland. UK

2008 Grays School of Art Degree Show. Aberdeen. Scotland. UK

2008 Project Wall Space, Montrose. Scotland. UK

2008 In Out, Feminist Today, Aberdeen University. Aberdeen. Scotland. UK

2008 Project Wall Space Christmas Show. Angus. Scotland. UK

2007 Margins- Limousine Bull Gallery. Aberdeen. Scotland. UK

2003/2004 Pittenweem art festival. Fife. Scotland. UK

2003 Group show- Lomond Art Gallery. Fife. Scotland. UK

2003 Glenrothes College final year show. Fife. Scotland. UK

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