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Suzanne McClelland

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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

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