27.5 — 6.9.2020
artist(s): Rachel MacLean
Candy coated and colourfully confected, Rachel Maclean’s films skewer the habits and preoccupations of contemporary society. Feed Me is her most ambitious and audacious project to date – a checklist of human cravings and failings that doubles as a hypermodern status update on the Seven Deadly Sins, with its swipes at the commercialisation (and sexualisation) of childhood and an equivalent infantilisation of adult behaviour. Featuring a rogue’s gallery of memorable characters (all performed with extraordinary élan by Maclean herself), Feed Me is a starburst shock to the taste buds that leaves you wanting more.
Based in Glasgow, Rachel Maclean (b.1987, Edinburgh) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Her work came to public attention in New Contemporaries later that year. In 2017, she represented Scotland at the 57th Venice Bienniale. She has since received significant acclaim, with major commissions and solo shows at Arsenal Contemporary New York; Kunsthalle, Winterthur; Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden; The National Gallery, London; Zabludowicz Collection, London; KWM Artcenter, Beijing; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery, Dublin; The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Casino Luxembourg; Artpace San Antonio, Texas; HOME Gallery, Manchester and Tate Britain, London.
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Text: Steven Bode
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and British Art Show 8 with support from Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.