Carn Standing: Artist
By Doug Matheson
Not much escapes the gimlet eye of the Editor of the KN : he knows everyone and everything that happens in the area. Just in case you think I have gone all soft and have started saying nice things about him, this has been said by way of observation rather than a compliment. It is the duty of the Editor to be well informed as there is a continual need to find fresh material to satisfy the insatiable appetite of the printing press. If all else fails and desperation sets in then he will ask/command me to write an article.
However, this was not one of these occasions and, as usual, it all started innocently enough. “Do you know much about art?” he asked one day. “Of course” I lied, not wishing to appear unsophisticated. “The Impressionists are my particular favourite, combining the brilliance of colour with the urgency of transmitting the essence of the scene with the minimal of brushstrokes”. He was clearly as stunned as I was at this though he probably suspected that I was quoting from an article in the arts supplement, which I was! After a slight pause he said “Good, then you can come with me to visit local artist, Carn Standing, to help to write a profile on him, but do brush up on your arts lingo before you come!”
Most of you will probably have seen some of Carn’s work even if you do not know his name. It was he who made the life-size dolphin sculpture which was on display during the last Portsoy Boat Festival, and will be permanently sited at the Old Harbour this year. He also has a small studio in Strait Path, Banff, where some work is displayed and where he also carries out unique, bespoke tattoo artistry. Those who may have visited the Community and Sports centre in Fraserburgh cannot fail to have noticed his impressive winged figure Community Spirit. Hundreds of lengths of round steel bar were used for the body. Ceramic was used for the face and hands. Acrylic glass was used for the wings creating a six metre-long figure in a ten month project. Its contemporary design ‘swoops’ from the reception’s ceiling welcoming visitors with outstretched arms. The work was funded by Aberdeenshire Council and key to the process were workshops and consultations with local people and schools which influenced the design. Other artworks by Carn are situated in the swimming pool area – which were commissioned by local fundraising group FISSH…
Banner image: Amy Davenport
To read the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the March 2016 issue!