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La Belle Toute Savante
Clare Stephenson
La Belle Toute Savante


Screenprint on wood

274 x 83 x 2 cm
Clare Stephenson’s sculptures are barely sculptures at all; their physical presence is a humorously humble illusion. Made from silkscreen on wooden panels, her prop-like cut-outs stand in as representations of form: completely flat-packed, cartoon-like, and slap-stick. This game of perception, of subverting material with image and vice versa, is redoubled in her work’s development process: each sculpture-image is assembled from photographs of other sculptures that have been cropped and photocopied from books. La Belle Toute Savante presents a camp model of sophistication. With a pilfered coiffure as a stole and twisted arm borrowed from ’wardrobe’, she is self-consciously dressed up in the costume of art history.
Ornament And Boredom
Clare Stephenson
Ornament And Boredom


Silkscreen on wood

340 x 64 x 2cm
Comprising a composite image and its double, Stephenson’s Ornament & Boredom suggests an underlying discontent beneath the harmonious surface of serial production. This androgynous figure combines the glamour of Warhol’s Pop portraits with the excess and distortions of Baroque sculptural form, becoming a complex hybrid.
Ornament And Boredom (detail)
Clare Stephenson
Ornament And Boredom (detail)


Silkscreen on wood

Our Lady Of The Conscious Optics
Clare Stephenson
Our Lady Of The Conscious Optics


Screenprint on wood

260 x 70 x 2 cm
Precariously balanced on pointy-stepped tip toe, Our Lady of the Conscious Optics embodies a fashion of aesthetics. The figure, a compilation of enlarged and recycled images, resonates with the ghost-like presence of parlour tricks, an apparition of plywood and the transient inscription of printer’s ink. Rejecting its own physical existence, Stephenson’s piece resolves as a sculptural facsimile: conveying form as a sketchy construct of perception.
Our Lady Of The Conscious Optics (detail)
Clare Stephenson
Our Lady Of The Conscious Optics (detail)


Screenprint on wood

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Clare Stephenson's BIOGRAPHY

Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Lives and works in Glasgow


Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, Frankreich

1993 – 1996
BA(hons) Fine Art - Sculpture, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee


She Who Presents, Spike Island, Bristol

Parole Vaine, Linn Luhn, Cologne

Bandaged Heads, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow

Solo, Linn Luhn, Cologne

Solo, Dicksmith Gallery, London
Solo, The Round Room, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
Solo, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow

Solo, Transmission, Glasgow

Solo, Bulkhead, Glasgow


Alpha &, On Stellar Rays, New York 10th Jan–14th Feb
Four Fatrasies, Pump House Gallery, London (Alex Pollard and Clare Stephenson) 20th Jan–14th

Frieze Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair, London
Dress to the left! No! Dress to the right!, Think Tank Project Space, Curtin University Campus, Perth, Australia (Alex Pollard and Clare Stephenson)
Ten Days in August in Münster with…, Linn Luhn, Cologne (With Florian Baudrexel, William N. Copley, Alex Jasch, Sebastian Ludwig and Christoph Schellberg)
The Fool, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (With Katia Bassanini, Natasha Caruana, Marcos Chaves, Moyna Flannigan, Michael Gardiner, Alexander Heim, Jim Hollands and Nick Osborn)
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, MOMA, New York
Being and Nothingness, Light and Sie Gallery, Dallas (curated by James Cope)
The Associates, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (Part of DCA’s 10th Anniversary Exhibitions programme.)
The Dirty Hands, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (Alex Pollard and Clare Stephenson)

‘To bring forth and give’ Sorcha Dallas Artist’s Print Project, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow (curated by Sorcha Dallas)
Liste, Basel

Nada Art Fair, NADA, Miami (with Linn Luhn, Cologne)
Art Forum, Berlin
Tender Scene, The Changing Room, Stirling (with Gregor Wright)
HB Works On Paper, Studio Guenzani, Milan (with Peter Peri, Kate Atkin and Karl Haendel)

Frieze Art Fair, London
If Not Now, Broadway 1602, New York (Curated by Sorcha Dallas. Supported by the British Council.)
Liste, Basel

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Art Fair, Miami
Artissima, Turin
Low Lights and Trick Mirrors, Generator, Dundee
Waste Material, The Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, London (touring)

Group Exhibition, Temporary Office Space, Glasgow
Group Exhibition, Centre de Creation, Bazouges la Perouse
Granite, Whitechapel Project Space, London
The Rheinschau, Art Cologne, Cologne
Group Exhibition, The Rheinschau, Art Cologne, Cologne (with Transmission)
Like beads on an abacus designed to calculate infinity, Rockwell, London
Living Dust, Norwich Gallery, Norwich
See-through Mask, Offsite Project, Glasgow (with Clare Stephenson and Craig Mulholland)
Tongs Ya Bass, The Ship, London

The Moment of Fiction, Cooper Gallery, Dundee
Three Person Show, Signal, Malmo (with David Sherry and Anders Stolt)

Half the World Away, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, Buffalo

Menschenraum, Mulackstrasse 8, Berlin
Beyond, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
Manwoman Annual, Transmission, Glasgow
October, St Vincent Street, Glasgow

E.g. Sometime Instant, Radiotuesday, Glasgow
Film Club, Roslea Drive, Glasgow
Me, We, Project Space, Athens
We are beautiful, so let’s get dirty, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow

Coming Up for Air, Cooper Gallery, Dundee
Members’ Show, Transmission, Glasgow
Three Person Show, Transmission, Glasgow (with Roger Hiorns & Enrico David)
Two Person Show, The Changing Room, Stirling

Browsing, The Changing Room, Stirling
Tronway Arts Centre, Transmission, Glasgow

European Couples and Others, Transmission, Glasgow
Running Time, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Suburban Affair, 27 Cupar Road, Newport-on-Tay