Stuart McAdam’s practice is concerned with themes of nomadism and transience. He lives these ideas via his many endurance trips, having cycled from Scotland to the Netherlands and back as well as carrying out journeys both on foot and by canoe. From these experiences he creates works in drawing, collage, three-dimensional objects, film, performance, and writing. The subject matter for these works is varied, with recent works having made reference to subjects such as art history, mythology, war and death, pop music, comic books, and language. McAdam’s works intuitively without borders through ideas, processes and reference points towards an often-undetermined set of conclusions.
McAdam will travel to the Nomadic Village from his home in Scotland by bicycle, whilst at the Village he will set up an area for production, exhibition setting only the parameters, never seeking to control the outcome.
At the moment, I am thinking about travelling shows and circuses.
At the moment, I am thinking about comic book super-heroes.
At the moment, I am thinking about non-linear narrative.
On the journey I will pass the site of the Lockerbie Air Disaster.
On the journey I will cross the modern border between Scotland and England.
On the journey I will cross the ancient frontier of the Roman Empire.
After the journey, I will draw some conclusions.
After the journey, I will think about new things
After the journey, I will perhaps take another journey.