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 vit et travaille à Londres

 
 

Education

2004
MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art
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



Exhibitions

2015    
    - PETER RANDALL-PAGE & KATE MccGWIRE, RWA Bristol, UK
    - GLASSTRESS, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
    - SECRETE: SOLO SHOW, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
    - BEAUTY OF THE BEAST, Museum Arnhem, Holland

2014    
    - AKRAM KHAN: ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, The Lowry, Manchester
    - SOLO SHOW, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
    - REAL MARAVILLOSO, La Galerie Particulière, Brussels
    - HUNTING FOR LOST CRAFTS, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
    - COASTAL CURRENTS FESTIVAL, St Mary the Castle, Hastings
    - THE WONDER OF BIRDS, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
    - 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, Antwerp, Belgium

2013  
    - THE VIEWING ROOM, No. 1 Marylebone,
    Curated by All Visual Arts, London
    - OPEN WEST 2013, Cheltenham Art Gallery + Museum, UK
    - DISQUIET: 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, London, UK
    - SHOWcabinet, SHOWstudio, London, UK

2012    
    - WONDERFUL, Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke    
    - AUGURI, La Galerie Particulière, Paris
    - La Nuit Blanche - parcours officiel, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris
    - METAMORPHOSIS, Portland Place, Lonodon, curated by AVA
    - LURE, All Visual Arts, Londres
    - The Front Room, St Martins Lane, London - Curated by Crane TV
    - MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE
    The Thomas Olbricht Collection, Maison Rouge, Paris

2011    
    - ELEVENTH PLATEAU, Archaeological Association of Athens, Grèce
    Curated by Sozita Goudouna, Out of the Box Intermedia
    - NOW & THEN, Harris Lindsay, London
    - HOUSE OF BEASTS, Attingham Park, National Trust, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
    Curated by Meadow Arts
    - ELEVENTH PLATEAU, Hydra Historical Archives Museum, Grèce
    Curated by Out of the Box Intermedia
    - BOUND: Alice Anderson & Kate MccGwire, All Visual Arts, London.
    Curated by All Visual Arts
    - HOST, Pertwee, Anderson and Gold, London
    Curated by Kate MccGwire and Pertwee, Anderson & Gold

2010    
    - VANITAS: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures
    Exhibition by All Visual Arts, Curated by Joe La Placa and Mark Saunders
    - STRANGENESS AND CHARM, Viktor Wynd Gallery, London
    Curated by Richard Ducker
    - TATTON PARK BIENNIAL, Cheshire
    Curated by Danielle Arnaud/ Jordan Kaplan
    - CONCRETE AND GLASS, London
    Curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman
    - DEAD OR ALIVE, Museum of Art & Design, New York
    Curated by David Revere McFadden

2009    
    - THE AGE OF THE MARVELLOUS, London.
    Curated by Joe La Placa, All Visual Arts.
    - TUNNEL 228, Waterloo Station
    Curated and organized by Hamish Jenkinson / Kevin Spacey
    In conjunction with Punch Drunk
    - THE SPACE BETWEEN, St Pancras Crypt, London
    Curated by Marilene Oliver & Kate MccGwire
    - THE ANIMAL GAZE, Plymouth Museum, UK
    Curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick
    - GOTHIC, Contemporary Art Society Exhibition
    Shunt Vaults and Sotheby’s, London
    - NEW LONDON SCHOOL IN BERLIN, Galerie Schuster, Berlin

2008    
    - SOOT FROM THE FUNNEL, LOKAAL01, Breda, Holland
    Curated by Richard Ducker and Frederik Vergaert
    - THE ANIMAL GAZE (symposium and exhibition),
    Unit 2 Gallery and Metropolitan Works, London
    Curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick
    - HEART OF GLASS (part of the Concrete and Glass Festival)
    Shoreditch Town Hall, London
    Curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman
    In association with the Contemporary Art Society
    - THIS IS NOT A FAIRY TALE, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London
    - THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, T1, The Old Truman Brewery, London
    Curated by Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley
    - ART OMI, International Artists Residency, New York
    - ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION, London
    - GOTHIC, Fieldgate Gallery, London
    Curated by Richard Ducker

2007    
    - DUNKELHEIT, St Pancras Crypt, London.
    Flora Fairbairn Projects, curated by Annabelle Moreau
    - THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, curated by ARTed
    Building 1000, Royal Albert Docks, London

2006    
    - THIS AND THAT, show with Susan Stockwell
    Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China
    - ALL AT SEA, Platts Eyot Island, London

2005    
    - PECULIAR ENCOUNTERS, ecArtspace, London
    Curated by Sarah Dwyer and Laura Green
    - SEIGE, Sidney Street, London
    Curated by Angela Huntbach
    - PARTERRE, Atrium Gallery, London

2004    
    - GALLEON AND OTHER STORIES, Saatchi Gallery, London
    - DEGREE SHOW, Royal College of Art, London
    - TIME SHARE, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

2003  
    - TIME SHARE, Barge House, South Bank, London

2002    
    - HUNTING ART PRIZE, Royal College of Art, London

2001    
    - SELECT, Hockey Gallery, Farnham

2000
    - HUNTING ART PRIZE, Royal College of Art, London



Residencies & 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
2006 Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China



Collections

Saatchi Collection
Thomas Olbricht Collection
Tia Collection
Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China
University College for the Creative Arts
Various private collections in UK, Middle East and USA



Teaching

BA Fine Art Visiting Lecturer
University College for the Creative Arts
Farnham

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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

01.10.2016

L'Oeil

Les fascinantes sculptures de Kate MccGwire

Les fascinantes sculptures de Kate MccGwire

30.08.2016

Covert

17.01.2015

Télérama Sortir

FIAC Hors les murs

01.11.2013

L'Oeil

Kate MccGwire au Royal Monceau

09.10.2013

Figaroscope

Kate MccGwire at Le Royal Monceau in Paris

08.10.2013

Wallpaper

Kate MccGwire

30.11.2012

Palace Costes

Kate MccGwire

03.11.2012

Figaroscope

Kate MccGwire

01.11.2012

Art's Vice

Expos à Paris

01.10.2012

Elle Déco

Kate MccGwire

01.10.2012

L'Oeil

Les chimères d'Attingham Park

01.05.2012

Marie-Claire maison