Robert McCormack was born in London in 1997 and grew up in Inverness. He studied Painting and Printmaking BA (Hons) at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2020. Robert is currently co-coordinating the group exhibition ‘Graduate Drive Thru’, on the top story of an NCP carpark, which is set to take place in September 2021 as part of the upcoming Glasgow Open House Arts Festival. Drawing and installation will be on exhibited from 7th – 13th July as part of the Alt/Degree show at the Briggait, Glasgow. Later this year Robert will be showing work at Keeping in Touch galley in Seoul, korea as part of a group show with curator Aeji Seo. As part of the same project Robert will be co-curating an exhibition at Transmission gallery, Glasgow in November 2021. Robert was a recent recipient of the 2020 RSA John Kinross scholarship to Florence, Italy where he will travel on residency for three months. Robert currently works with children with additional support needs in High schools which informs and supports his practice.
My current work thinks through the figure of the pet. Previously, my work has expanded the pet subject position to include children, finding similarities to dogs through rewards, training, treats and trauma. Rooted in sculpture, drawing and printmaking my work situates itself in the familiar while reaching towards the bizarre.
Work in Progress – ‘Poor Hansi’ (working title)
Metal pet cage with putty rubber tongues in heaps or strapped to cage with plastic cord and a plaster cast of a parents mouth. It will potentially have sound.
This work is the first in a series of cage works.