For the past few months, Cameron Morgan and Glasgow-based artist Charlie Hammond have been meeting each week for what started out as a very loose and undefined collaboration/residency project. Initially, the pair got to know each other’s work, and as the weeks progressed they began creating a series of prints inspired by three books Charlie had previously found in a second hand shop. The books are a vast collection of old cardboard match boxes, which was clearly much loved by its former owner/creator. Cameron came across the match box books in Charlie’s studio and the conversation began there.
No one knew what might come from the collaboration, and there were no set expectations on either side. As Charlie states, “Like many good collaborations we started with no clear direction but found our way through action, the work itself the result of these ongoing and very natural conversations.”.
Many of the limited edition prints are inspired by these match box cases and much of the imagery is borrowed from these retro designs and colour palettes.
The original collector and creator of the meticulously put together match box books has given these small cardboard creations a grandeur beyond their miniature size, this has led to the creation of further works inspired by the ‘everyday’ objects you might find in your pocket, in the most recent prints ‘Danglers’ or loose change.
We caught up with Cameron to ask him about the collaborative process with Charlie…
“I liked working with Charlie very, very much – he has a good sense of humour, is a lot of fun, and has a really good nature. I really enjoyed myself.”
In addition to the prints made by Cameron and Charlie, Cameron has made a small series of over-sized ceramic match sticks to accompany the prints.
There will be a talk by the artists in our gallery on Friday 06 April, 12pm-1pm. Everybody welcome.