CHARLIE STIVEN - 'KIOSK' - Solo exhibition

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


Utilising inherent principles within drawing, painting & sculpture, Charlie Stiven investigates the street kiosk as metaphor for social circumstance & condition.
Research conducted in a wide range of European locations into aspects of vernacular street architecture provided the tangible material to digest. This was accompanied by consideration of historical & current social / political / economic patterns and their effects.

The models are not copies of existing buildings, but rather structural amalgams & inventions composed through a manipulation of form, colour and surface to intensify their resonance & metaphorical character.
Within his working process Stiven juxtaposes elements evolved from highly structured planning with those that are arrived at through chance. This mix of the hyper-conscious and the accidental is intended to give the work a psychological tension which mirrors the often unpredictable consequences of human behaviour - the static objects designed to evoke an atmospheric of flux, transience and uncertainty.
Made over the past 10 years, his highly crafted 3D constructions seek to bring a new dimension to the notion and meaning of ‘the model’ and its position within contemporary art.

Exhibition received 5 star review - The Scotsman 29/08/24

Exhibition voted top 10 in Scotland for 2023 - The Scotsman Visual Arts Review  21st December 2023.

Public lecture given at Summerhall - 11/11/23

Attendance figures - Aug 23 to Feb 24 - approx 25,000 (source -Summerhall).
Period27 Jul 202325 Feb 2024
Degree of RecognitionNational