SKFF £550,000 investment helps hospital see clearly
The life-saving Gamma Camera – which will be the first of its kind to be implemented in a children’s hospital in this country – has been championed by one Edinburgh dad who was inspired by the work of RHSC following his own personal experience with the Gamma Camera system.
Andy McIntosh, 44, from Davidson’s Mains in Edinburgh, attended the RHSC for a year while his daughter Emily, 2, experienced issues with infections in her bladder and urinary tract which resulted in the usage of the Gamma Camera.
Playful and postmodern
Andy McIntosh is not afraid to push at the boundaries of form. His first solo exhibition was filled with materials rarely found in a frame, never mind hanging on the wall of a gallery: twisted pipes, bashed metalwork, stone and concrete all filled the viewing space. The juxtaposition of the rectangular frame guiding us towards his offering is very much part of the joke, if that is what it is. I can put whatever I want on the wall, he seems to be saying. And there they hang, pleasing in their coherence.
His recent work, Cactus, accepted into the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open Exhibition at the start of this year, is in concrete and ink, a technique he likes to call ‘concrete printing’. Less ‘in your face’ with its challenge to convention than previous work, it is still full of humour. You can’t help smiling when you see that the cacti, while certainly the desert plants they set out to be, are somewhat reminiscent of the male member in a state of arousal. But there’s more to it than that. It’s an intriguing combination of unusual form and attention-grabbing content which shows that, while the technique may have been discovered, as he says, by accident, the work comes from somewhere much less random than that.
His titles can be funny too – a previous piece comprised an old rusting hot water tank, complete with its pipework and swatches of red paint, crushed into a cuboid shape. What did he call it? So Long and Thanks For All The Hot Water, of course.
Adam Campbell, Freelance Journalist
Jan 14 – RSA Open Exhibition 13-14
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Lothian Life magazine
Andy McIntosh insists he is not an artist with a mission but if you ask, he will happily tell you what he thinks – about rubbish, recycling and found art. Or better still, go along to the Gladstone Gallery.
SEPA magazine – issue 39
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Artist Andy McIntosh challenges our perception of art and artistry by taking the scrap out of modern day waste and giving it new life as Sculpture.