Suzanne McClelland

Selected works by Suzanne McClelland

Suzanne McClelland
Ideal Proportions: Squeeze - A Winning Hand

2013

Dry pigment, gesso, polymer and oil paint on portrait linen

183 x 213 cm

Her canvases here use text, colour and form to convey data sets pertaining to both body builders; Jay ‘Cuts’, Phil ‘The Gift’ and Frank ‘The Chemist’, and domestic terrorists in the US; Burt, Dibee, and Kerkow. There is an inherent frustration in her representation of these individuals and our ability to ‘read’ them through the medium of her paintings.

Suzanne McClelland
Frank 'The Chemist' (Ideal Proportions)

2013

Dry pigment, gesso, polymer and oil paint on portrait linen

213.4 x 182.9 cm

Suzanne McClelland’s paintings are born of this time, bringing the tradition of abstract painting to bear upon this universe of data and code. “Much like the lives we lead now on the Internet... everything is text-based – the primary connection to our activity is maintained through data.”

Suzanne McClelland
Nine Solutions for Polke

2013

Dry pigment, gesso, polymer and oil paint on portrait linen

213 x 183 cm

The surface of the work shifts and shimmers, language systems break down, just as data will inevitably fall prey to ‘bit rot’; a spontaneous decay. In the case of the terrorists, their very stories are evasive and inconclusive.

Suzanne McClelland
Phil 'The Gift' and Jay 'Cuts' (Ideal Proportions)

2013

Dry pigment, gesso, polymer and oil paint on portrait linen

213 x 368 cm

We live in an age of planetary scale computation. Data sets created through complex algorithms paint a total picture of the globe, its complex systems of
economics, warfare, and mundane details such as the toothpaste we choose.

Suzanne McClelland
Domestic Terrorist Kerkow

2014

Dry pigment, gesso, oil paint and polymer on portrait linen

213.4 x 182.9 cm

Catherine Kerkow was involved in a Black Panther hijacking of a plane in San Francisco with a supposed bomb in her suitcase. She flew to Algeria after releasing the hostages and has never been arrested. Leo Burt set a bomb off at the University of Michigan, killing one and injuring many in the explosion and resulting fire. Again, he remains at large.

Suzanne McClelland
Domestic Terrorist Dibee

2014

Dry pigment, gesso, oil paint and polymer on portrait linen

213.4 x 182.9 cm
Suzanne McClelland
Domestic Terrorist Burt

2014

Dry pigment, gesso, oil paint and polymer on portrait linen

213.4 x 182.9 cm
Suzanne McClelland
Here

1991

Enamel and acrylic on board

60.9 x 60.9 cm

© Natasha Hoare, 2015


Other Resources

suzannemcclelland.net
Artist’s website- Suzanne McClelland

teamgal.com
Team Gallery - Suzanne McClelland

shanecampbellgallery.com
Shane Campbell Gallery- Suzanne McClelland

suescottgallery.com
Sue Scott Gallery - Suzanne McClelland

whitney.org
Whitney Museum of American Art- Suzanne McClelland