Stefana McClure: The Blue Planet, Bartha Contemporary, London, United Kingdom



Stefana McClure, A Clockwork Orange:
Closed captions to a film by Stanley Kubrick, 2009
Wax transfer paper mounted on rag, 36.6 x 53.6 cm
Private collection, London

May 8 – June 27, 2009

Bartha Contemporary is delighted to announce ‘The Blue Planet’, Stefana McClure’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The New York-based artist’s first UK solo exhibition will feature a major new eight-part drawing based on the legendary BBC documentary series of the same name. Part natural history, part pure exploration of the underwater world, each super-condensed drawing distills an hours’ worth of closed captions, translating them into a ghost image. Recent Films on Paper, Colour Blind Drawings and sculptural works complete the installation.

McClure is probably best known for her Films on Paper, an ongoing series of monochromatic works composed of a succession of superimposed subtitles, inter-titles or closed captions depicting entire movies, often foreign language films. In a recent article by Robert Davis, published in Paste Magazine, the critic noted that this “seemingly obsessive art project in which she laboriously traces all of the subtitles that appear in a film, on top of each other in layers…results in an abstract work, roughly the size of a computer monitor, that captures not the story or cinematography of a film but the shape and placement of its text, the part of the picture you’re normally supposed to see right through…Her meticulous process of translation not only reveals patterns that we normally ignore but also seems to capture something essential about the language beneath—the language within—every film.”

Stefana McClure was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, studied at Hornsey College of Art in London and then lived in Japan for 12 years, where she studied paper making at Kyoto Seika University. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.