Rachel Maclean - The cold never bothered me anyway...

11 Jul 2015 – 10 Oct 2015

Event times

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

Cost of entry

Free Entry

20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Scunthorpe, United Kingdom


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Two recent multi-screen video works by Glasgow based Rachel Maclean explore themes of class, aspiration and childhood.


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. 


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