Exploring themes of class, aspiration and childhood this solo exhibition by Glasgow based artist Rachel Maclean presents two recent multi-screen video works, Please, Sir… and Let it Go!
Projected large-scale within Victorian church building at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Please Sir… depicts a synthetic, shape-shifting realm in which an Adidas-striped Oliver Twist mugs a Tudor Prince at knifepoint and a pauper steals £10 from the pocket of Simon Cowell. Set in a bleak yet seductively stylised urban landscape, the work drifts uncomfortably between fantasy and social realism, pushing class stereotypes towards a grotesque and uneasy tipping point.
Maclean’s work slips between past, present and future via hyper-glowing and colourful videos, prints, costumes and installations. Wearing heavy make-up, prosthetic noses and fake teeth she is the only actor in the work, miming to a soundtrack taken directly from popular culture, including audio from Britain’s Got Talent, Jeremy Kyle and The Apprentice.