Kieran Milne: The Skinny Showcase

Feature | 15 Sep 2016

Kieran Milne graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2016 having studied Fine Art. Now based in Glasgow, Milne holds a studio at the Crownpoint studios and has recently shown work at First Proof – New Printmakers 2016 at Dundee Print Festival and Best of Degree Show 2016 at Six Foot Gallery. Milne has also been selected for the RSA New Contemporaries in Edinburgh in 2017.

“I have recently been producing a body of work exploring ideas of intimacy within public space with a particular focus on a shade of green that is commonly used on civic objects such as bins, gates, railings and benches. This colour functions as a platform within which to research the ideas surrounding these objects.

“My work utilises text in two significant ways; the first being a playful wordplay which makes repeated references to certain words which may not share etymological roots but are homonymic such as 'Avert/Overt/Au Vert'. These tenuous or tangential relationships can also be seen in the repetition of the green colour throughout the works. The second is by writing imagined conversations between people surrounding these public objects as a way to dissect and map their qualities as well as manifest them mentally within a fictional space. This process has helped me to unpick my own ideas and to understand my stance within this work.”

Image List:
1 Offering Artifice Houseplants, Bronze, found objects
2 Degree Show Overview
3 Avert/Overt/Au Vert Detail
4 Foreground The last time I saw you we sat on a bench and talked about who would keep the dog
Oak, Bronze.
Background: Avert/Overt/Au Vert Mixed Media on Board
5 Top Row: Study in Green 1&2, mixed media
Bottom row: Garden and Hermitage Screenprints
6 Kiss Me Forged Steel, Oak and Bronze