Presentation

Kate MccGwire’s singular and iconic sculptures are made out of feathers. She originally started to collect them from a shed colonised by pigeons situated next to her studio. A medium heavily loaded with symbolism, the feathers are at once physiologically entwined with the birds for warmth and flight, but when they are detached they become something other and "alien".

MccGwire’s practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the interplay of opposites -at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level- that characterises the way we conceive the world. She does this by appealing to our core essence as human beings, to our senses and reason, and by drawing on materials capable of embodying different ways of seeing, feeling and thinking. The finished work has a consistent "otherness" to it that places it beyond our immediate experience and so redefines the parameters of everyday reality.

Agenda

Covert

21.10.2014 - 26.01.2015

20.03.2014 - 24.08.2014

03.10.2013 - 03.11.2013

Kate MccGwire at Hôtel Marignan, Paris

01.10.2013

06.10.2012 - 07.10.2012

Biography

Kate MccGwire lives and works in London.

 
 

EDUCATION

2004
- MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, UK
- Awarded Distinction for ‘Hair’s-Breadth’ Dissertation on the use of hair in contemporary art practice
- Short-listed for Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award

2001
- BA Fine Art, 1st-class honours, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK



EXHIBITIONS

 

2018

- « Dichotomy: Kate MccGwire », The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, UK

- « Dovecote: Kate MccGwire », commission for the Aldeburgh Festival 2018, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK

- « Material Earth: Myth, Material and Metamorphosis », Messums Wiltshire, UK

 

2017

- « Doing Identity: The Reydan Weiss Collection », Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany

- « Iconoclasts: Art out of the Mainstream », Saatchi Gallery, Londres, UK

- « Proof of Life », The Weserburg, Bremen, Germany

- « Erwarten Sie Wunder! The Museum as Cabinet of Curiosity and Wunderkammer », Museum Ulm, Germany

- « Entangled: Threads & Making », Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, UK

- « Glasstress Boca Raton », Boca Raton Museum of Art, Floride, USA

- « The High Low Show », curated by Paul Carey-Kent, Laure Genillard, Londres, UK

- « Force of Nature », curated by James Putnam, The Art Pavilion, Mile End, UK

- « Aloys Zötl & Kate MccGwire: Bestiarien der eigenen Art », Galerie Haas AG Zürich, Switzerland

 

2016

- « Secrete: Kate MccGwire », Galerie Huit, Hong Kong

- « Scissure: Kate MccGwire », La Galerie Particulière, Paris

- « Creative Differences: Dyslexia and Neurodiversity in Science, Art and Design », Royal College of Art, Londres, UK

- « I Prefer Life: The Reydan Weiss Collection », Weserburg, Bremen, Germany

- « Force of Nature », curated by James Putnam, Gallery Valérie Bach, Bruxelles, Belgium

- « Glassfever: Contemporary Art in Glass », Dordrecht Museum, Museumstraat 40, 3311 XP, Dordrecht, Netherlands

- « Rare Bird: John James Audubon and Contemporary Art », Berman Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

 

2015    
- « Peter Randall-Page and Kate MccGwire », RWA Bristol, UK
- « Glasstress », 56th Venice Biennale, Italia
- « Secrete: Solo Show », Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
- « Beauty of the Beast », Museum Arnhem, Netherlands

2014    
- « AKhram Khan: Onse Side to the Other, The Lowry, Manchester, UK
- « Solo Show », Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
- « Real Maravilloso », La Galerie Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
- « Hunting for Lost Crafts », Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, UK
- Coastal Currents festival, St Mary the Castle, Hastings, UK
- « The Wonder of Birds », Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, UK
- « The Tourists », Felbrigg Hall, National Trust, UK
- « Art and Alchemy », Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
- « Solo Show », The Beaney, House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury, UK
- « Birds of Paradise », MoMu, Anvers, Belgium

2013  
- « The Viewing Room », No. 1 Marylebone, Curated by All Visual Arts, London, UK
- « Open West 2013 », Cheltenham Art Gallery + Museum, UK
- « Disquet : Solo Show » Le Royal Monceau, Raffles/ La Galerie Particulière, Paris
- « Lure : Solo Show », Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2013, South Korea
- « In Between - Inner and Outer Walkscapes », Gaasbeek Castle, Belgium
- « Open West 2013 », Newark Park, National Trust, UK
- « Lure : Solo Show», The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, UK
- « In Dreams », Cob Gallery, Londres, UK
- « SHOWcabinet », SHOWstudio, Londres, UK

2012    
- « Wonderful », Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke, Berlin, Germany
- «Auguri », La Galerie Particulière, Paris
- La Nuit Blanche - parcours officiel, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris
- « Metamorphosis », Portland Place, curated by AVA, London, UK
- « Lure », All Visual Arts, London, UK
- « The Front Room », St Martins Lane, curated by Crane TV, London, UK
- « Memories of the Future », The Thomas Olbricht Collection, Maison Rouge, Paris

2011    
- « Eleventh Plateau», Archaeological Association of Athens, curated by Sozita Goudouna, Out of the Box Intermedia, Greece
- « Now & Then », Harris Lindsay, London, UK
- « House of Beasts », Attingham Park, National Trust, curated by Meadow Arts, Shrewsbury, UK
- « Eleventh Plateau », Hydra Historical Archives Museum, curated by Out of the Box Intermedia, Greece
- « Bound: Alice Anderson & Kate MccGwire », All Visual Arts, curated by All Visual Arts, London, UK
- « Hostn », Pertwee, Anderson and Gold, curated by Kate MccGwire and Pertwee, Anderson & Gold, London, UK

2010    
- « Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures », exhibition by All Visuals Arts, curated by Joe La Placa and Mark Sanders
- « Strangeness and Charm », Viktor Wynd Gallery, curated by Richard Ducker, London, UK
- Tatton Park Biennial, curated by Danielle Arnaud/ Jordan Kaplan, Cheshire, UK
- « Concrete and Glass », curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman, London, UK
- « Dead or Alive », Museum of Art & Design, curated by David Revere McFadden, New York, USA

2009    
- « The Age of Marvellous », curated by Joe La Placa, All Visual Arts, London, UK
- « Tunnel 228 », Waterloo Station, curated and organized by Hamish Jenkinson / Kevin Spacey, in conjunction with Punch Drunk, London, UK
- « The Space Between », St Pancras Crypt, curated by Marilene Oliver & Kate MccGwire, London, UK
- « The Animal Gaze », Plymouth Museum, curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick, Plymouth, UK
- « Gothic », Contemporary Art Society Exhibition, Shunt Vaults and Sotheby’s, London, UK
- « New London School in Berlin », Galerie Schuster, Berlin, Germany

2008    
- « Soot from the Tunnel », LOKAAL01, curated by Richard Ducker and Frederik Vergaert, Breda, Netherlands
- « The Animal Gaze » (symposium and exhibition), Unit 2 Gallery and Metropolitan Works, curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick, London, UK
- « Heart of Glass » (part of the Concrete and Glass Festival), Shoreditch Town Hall, curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman, in association with the Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
- « This is not a Fairy Tale », Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UK
- « The Future Can Wait », T1, The Old Truman Brewery, curated by Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley, London, UK
- « Art Omi », International Artists Residency, New York, USA
- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
- « Gothic », Fieldgate Gallery, Curated by Richard Ducker, London, UK

2007    
- « Dunkelheit », St Pancras Crypt, Flora Fairbairn Projects, curated by Annabelle Moreau, London, UK
- « Through the Looking Glass », curated by ARTed, Building 1000, Royal Albert Docks, London, UK

2006    
- «This and That », show with Susan Stockwell, Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China
- « All at Sea », Platts Eyot Island, London, UK

2005    
- « Peculiar Encounters », ecArtspace, London, curated by Sarah Dwyer and Laura Green, UK
- « Siege », Sidney Street, curated by Angela Huntbach, London, UK
- « Parterre », Atrium Gallery, London, UK

2004    
- « Galleon and Other Stories », Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
- « Degree Show », Royal College of Art, London, UK
- « Time Share», Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK

2003  
- « Time Share », Barge House, South Bank, London, UK

2002    
- Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2001    
- « Select », Hockey Gallery, Farnham, UK

2000
- Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London, UK



RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS

2013
- Judge of the Aesthetica Art Prize
- Inaugural member of the Perrier-Jouet Art Salon


2008
- Winner of the ‘Heart of Glass’ Award
- Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York, USA


2006
- Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China



COLLECTIONS

- Saatchi Collection
- Thomas Olbricht Collection
- Reydan Weiss Collection
- Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China
- University College for the Creative Arts
- Art Omi Collection
- Hampshire County Council Collection
- Various private collections in UK, Middle East and USA

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Texts

"I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph."

Kate MccGwire’s work asks questions about the very nature of beauty. She’s intrigued by the possibility of envisaging beauty as something more complex than merely what delights the senses: beauty can be about a problem; it can be something that repels you or makes you question the status quo. The idea that it is a cultural phenomenon, susceptible to argument through the creative process, fascinates her.

Much of Kate’s work references Freud’s ‘Unheimliche’ (the uncanny, or, literally, the ‘unhomely’); the idea, to quote Freud, of ‘a place where the familiar can somehow excite fear’. It also embraces artistic notions of the Abject.

She will take an everyday thing or idea that is intrinsically discomfiting and, by re-framing it, entice the viewer into re-examining his preconceptions and prejudices – cultural, historical, personal – about the everyday. The viewer’s response is visceral, the impact immediate, the ideas triggered resonating in their mind somewhere beyond rational interpretation.

Organic patterns, forms and materials have an instinctive draw; work may look determinedly abstract to the naked eye, but by using a spiral or circle, or a familiar material, the viewer’s gaze is lured inward, as if into a ‘field of attraction’, only to be repulsed or even menaced by the associations that unfold once ‘inside’. At the same time the scale and delicacy of the work reinforce the potential for awe and beauty in the unconventional.

Intrinsic to her method is the collecting and sorting of materials from hundreds of different sources over a period of months, even years. In turn, pieces evolve intuitively as if out of the subconscious, the language evocative rather than purely illustrative. As the work takes shape, a new, playful reality emerges, so that the object itself becomes a sort of prism, refracting the layers of meaning and cultural associations buried within, the quantity of materials used sometimes deliberately overwhelming, as if charged with a power and ambition beyond the reach they possess when seen in isolation.

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Press

L'Oeil du collectionneur

L'Oeil du collectionneur

01.10.2016

L'Oeil

Les fascinantes sculptures de Kate MccGwire

Les fascinantes sculptures de Kate MccGwire

30.08.2016

Covert

Covert

17.01.2015

Télérama Sortir

FIAC Hors les murs

FIAC Hors les murs

01.11.2013

L'Oeil

Kate MccGwire au Royal Monceau

Kate MccGwire au Royal Monceau

09.10.2013

Figaroscope

Kate MccGwire at Le Royal Monceau in Paris

Kate MccGwire at Le Royal Monceau in Paris

08.10.2013

Wallpaper

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire

30.11.2012

Palace Costes

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire

03.11.2012

Figaroscope

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire

01.11.2012

Art's Vice

Expos à Paris

Expos à Paris

01.10.2012

Elle Déco

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire

01.10.2012

L'Oeil

Les chimères d'Attingham Park

Les chimères d'Attingham Park

01.05.2012

Marie-Claire maison