Rachel Maclean - Quick Child, Run!
9 November - 14 December 2013
Joyous in their creation the works reinterpret pop videos, films and adverts, skewing the original sources into a new fantastic forms. Lit in neon pinks, sky blues and dark blacks the films and prints of Rachel Maclean are saturated in colour, each scene filled with an overblown baroque aesthetic, warped characters and a fine kitsch sensibility.
Making use of green-screen, Rachel Maclean plays all the characters in her films, layering multiple shots to create a crowd of dancers, a horde of menacing men or a kissing couple, all set within unhinged computer generated landscapes.
The works celebrate pop culture but are also direct in picking and prodding at the underlying themes and conventions that prevail within the film and entertainment industry, offering surreal and alternative ways of looking at familiar tropes.
She recently premiered Over The Rainbow, a 40-minute video piece for Collective Gallery’s New Work Scotland Programme, and Germs, a short film for Channel 4 Random Acts, commissioned by Bold Yin Ltd. She is also the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2013.
During 2012 she was commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers to produce several new works, including The Lion and The Unicorn, a short film for the Reflective Histories group exhibition at Traquair House. She additionally presented solo shows at Generator Projects, Dundee and Metro Arts, Brisbane.
In 2011 Rachel went on a six-month residency supported by Creative Scotland to the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada and in 2010 received the World Class Visual Effects for Artists Project Grant through the Visual Effects Research Lab, Dundee.
Recent group shows include: Neither Spit nor Diamonds, Flat_Pack Gallery, Dublin, 2013; Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow; Entre Chien et Loup, The Glasgow Film Festival, 2013; CAVE, The Liverpool Biennale, 2012; New Print Generation, The Edinburgh Printmakers, 2012.
An evening of films selected by Rachel Maclean Tuesday 4 February 2013