Best known for his guerrilla-style interventions into public space, Kevin Harman has also produced sculpture, drawings, prints, and films. His performance work Brick (2009) involved the artist putting a scaffolding pole through the window of an Edinburgh art gallery; Harman sent a polite legal letter to the gallery telling them they had been “selected for my eagerly awaited 2009 winter project Brick,” thereby reversing the roles between gallery and artist. For his “Skip” series, begun in 2007, Harman visits construction skips in the cover of night and rearranges the contents into symmetrical piles, organizing the industrial waste according to color and form. He has also produced spare, abstract acrylic-on-paper paintings and sculptures that incorporate found objects.
What were you like at school?
General physical appearance was tattie, signifiers for this; oversized trainers, long strands of hair coming from behind ears after a parents DIY haircut, and many more.
Easily distracted, always pushed tolerance levels, hung out with the unruly crew, dinner ticket dining, developed inventiveness for excuses, mild gambling at play time (pitchie), loved Art, I was a really good shader and when coloring in I would never go over the lines.
What inspires you about this project?
Finally something fresh, something that has a local personalized vision for success but feeds into a bigger, global network. The Agency provides a colorful and collaborative way to learn, a space where adventure is celebrated and encouraged.
By bringing in a diverse range of creatives who really want to be there, the agency is sure to be an education for students and staff alike.