Niall Macdonald was born in the Outer Hebrides and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art. He now lives and works in Glasgow and his latest exhibition, Elvis Nipple Plinth, is a solo exhibition at the Kendall Koppe Gallery.
We visited on Saturday and really liked the work, which yet again I’d discovered on social media (Twitter to be precise). It’s not a very big exhibition, the Gallery space is only small, but you spend a lot of time trying to work out the links between each of the objects. Apart from one piece, which sits on the far wall, there are two objects on each plinth, all created in white, and one object sits on top of the plinth and one on the front of the plinth. E-Book Skull Plinth has a very small skull sitting on the plinth and an e-book reader on one side of the column. We couldn’t decide if the skull represented the death of the book and the rise of the digital format, or if it was the artist’s thoughts about the impact of digital books. By placing the objects out of context the artist manages to change their meaning and Niall is particularly interested in the concept of ‘must have’ objects, in particular technology.
The Elvis Nipple Plinth, the title of the show, has a bust of Elvis on the top with a teat, or nipple, attached to the plinth. Make of these juxtapositions what you will but you will have fun doing it and come up with some interesting ideas. The artist himself describes his Exhibition as more Space Odyssey than Elgin Marbles and the stark whiteness of the objects, plinth and gallery appear influenced by the Kubrick film which conicidentally was shown on BBC2 this weekend.
The Kendall Koppe Gallery is at 6 Dixon Street, just off St Enoch Square, so it’s very central and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Press the buzzer for the Gallery to gain entry and it’s on the first floor. You won’t be disappointed…