Andrew Black graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA [1st class HONS] in Fine Art Painting and Print-making in 2012. Since then he has been a visiting lecturer at Leeds College of Art and has served as a committee member with Glasgow based Transmission, from 2016 to 2018. Andrew has also has a number of solo, two person and group exhibitions.

In 2016 Andrew produced an exhibition Our Andrew of the Flowers at Embassy, Edinburgh, which included ASS VIDEO, a two-screen installation on monitors held in a frame measured to his body proportions. It depicts his arse being penetrated and ejecting the dildo onto the oor, where a small still life is assembled from nostalgic objects. It is banal and presents/publicly outs my male body as penetrated not penetrating, addresses internalised anal shit shame, and literally shits out the phallus. I am enclosing an image of the original installation – it was sculptural, and not made to be viewed as a longform artist lm.

In Summer 2017 he began to develop some of the forms of another piece from Embassy, SCREWBALL ASS – which took the form of a showreel of shorter fragments documenting interactions with queer friends and collaged other, resonant elements through chroma-keying and other formal techniques. Whereas SCREWBALL ASS was built from related but discrete vignettes, SUBMERGED VILLAGE (2017) was a foray into narrative video, cross-cut with documentary and diaristic elements, constructed from material gathered when staying on the Isle of Skye with friends who are crofters there. This film ties ecological and agricultural narratives specific to that place, and to the rural landscape of Yorkshire where he grew up, with his own experiences of those places as a queer person – individual and communal. The video uses fantasies and anecdotes to explore erotic possibilities that respond to those environments, and expands on elements of Pamela Colman-Smith’s drawing for The Moon tarot card (a mountainous landscape, a pool of water, a freshwater crayfish, two mad dogs, all of which construct the meaning of the card – a moment of overwhelming uncertainty, madness or neurosis, a nightmarish feeling.)

Whilst at Cove Park Andrew hopes to develop ideas that he has been working with for a couple of years, roughly thinking around imagining and realising a queer futurity in rural Scotland, that takes into account forms of community enabled by crofting traditions of the West Coast.

His wider practice intends to contribute to a shared, communally-constructed queer imaginary that parasitises a ‘straight’ everyday, and tangentially looks at bodies; community/ communities; forms of friendship; personal and collective modes of expression and perfor-mance; relationships to work, institutions and the state; queer approaches to agricultural and ecological narratives; and tarot.