Ransom Note and Headline by Kevin Hutcheson
As an artist working alone, Kevin Hutcheson has made two prints which have been produced at the Dundee Print Workshop: these are Ransom Note and Headline. In these works, he has begun a visual response to text by thinking about the ways that culture is transmitted through mass media. Newspapers, magazines and printed ephemera have all inspired him, particularly the implicit statements that underlie their explicit, materialistic and commercial intentions. Collage is a natural working method for him; it is by cutting and composing these humble source materials that Kevin arrives at the visual compositions of text and layout. The staggered rhythm of the various fonts from newspapers, placed side by side, have the syncopated beat of the ransom note suggested in one of his titles. For him, personal culture merges with social milieu, with context and narrative interweaving a wider circle of associations.
Kevin Hutcheson, born in Hamilton, and currently based in Glasgow. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee (BA, 1997) and Chelsea College of Art & Design, London (MFA, 2002). He was recently awarded a Scottish Arts Council Visual Artists Award, exhibiting nationally and internationally, most recently a solo show at the Glasgow Project Room (2010), and group exhibition, The Associates, at DCA, Dundee (2009).