The Skinny Showcase: Kieran Muir
We look at the work of Glasgow artist Kieran Muir in this month's Showcase
Kieran Muir (b. 1996) is a recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art who fashions absurd cultural artefacts from imagined worlds and events.
His most recent body of work references a carnivalesque “Sausage War” in which the foodstuff is weaponised and two clans, Link and Lorne, clash in a battle for sausage supremacy. These bizarre parallel universes are primarily explored through a variety of craft techniques including crochet, rugmaking and embroidery. His work also includes drawing and sculpture, making use of recurring motifs and colour schemes which link these objects to this world of carnivorous violence.
While the work seeks to question the legitimate place of craft in the realm of fine art, its primary objective is to poke fun and invoke the humorous and irreverent spirit of the carnivalesque, drawing the viewer from the often cerebral environment of the gallery into the fun and frenzy of the carnival.
Kieran Muir is based in Glasgow and is currently crafting a whole new body of work for The Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries Exhibition in March 2019.