Steve McClure. The Thinking Machine

19 Feb 2016 – 20 Mar 2016

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13:00 – 18:00
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13:00 – 18:00
by appointment
13:00 – 18:00
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13:00 – 18:00
by appointment

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Slag Gallery is pleased to present The Thinking Machine, a solo show featuring the most recent body of work by Steve McClure.


Here McClure showcases a series of powerful oil paintings on linen in which through simple techniques and materials such as a brush and ink the artist explores the relationship between the hand and eye.
In this extraordinary exhibition, the works are informed by direct observation and memory. Emerging from these paintings one can see illuminated landscapes, soviet icebreakers, lions, fashion models, dancers, whales, snow-capped mountains, satyrs, horses and other visual elements that refer to drama, artifice, death, and history. Painted in succession, in between periods of contemplation, the images develop and lead in unexpected directions. Presented in series, alongside each other, the relationship between images illustrate how meaning and narrative can be suggested by a succession of images, and yet this is created by the spectator. McClure explains: “I try to engage the viewer in an active relationship with the immediate present and endless time”.

Additionally, in THE THINKING MACHINE McClure continues to examine the relationship between painting, photography and cinema. Not only the single paintings but the succession of these carefully selected images bring to mind a number of cinematic techniques; this method allows the viewer to pour back into the sequence itself the emotional reactions prompted by the work. McClure's fascination with pretending recognizes the viewer's ability to produce their own timeline thanks to the plasticity of the group of works, plasticity that is heightened by the craft. Technically McClure's proposal is also extremely interesting, throughout the sequences one can see the masterful treatment of the oil paint as if it were ink. The black and hints of white are thinned with turpentine/linseed oil or glazing to create warm grays, and add depth to the images.

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