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LIGHTBOX: Rachel Maclean: Spite Your Face

LIGHTBOX: Rachel Maclean: Spite Your Face

Fri 19 October 2018 - Tue 31 March 2020

The Chapter Lightbox is a large-scale display above the building's main entrance. Past designs have featured upcoming and well-known artists as well as imagery from events and performances.

Spite Your Face is a troublingly incisive 37-minute film-based fantasia by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean. Drawn from The Adventures of Pinocchio, the Italian folk-tale charting the antics of the little puppet-boy whose nose grows every time he tells a lie, Maclean's dark reimagining is shockingly un-Disney in its depiction of greed-induced brutality.

Maclean focuses on the rise and fall of Pic, a shell-suited urchin who buys his way into a blinged-up wonderland of glam-tastic delights, only to discover his celebrity lifestyle is on credit, and has been built on the flakiest of falsehoods.

The film was shown at Chapter between October 2018 and January 2019.

The artist created this large-scale artwork for our façade, announcing the arrival of central character, Pic to visitors and passers-by alike. Although the exhibition in our gallery has now closed, Pic will reside over us for a little longer.

If you want to find out more about the film please ask a member of our Gallery staff.


About the artist

Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow-based artist (b 1987, Edinburgh, Scotland). Working predominantly with the moving image, Maclean has had significant recent success, with major exhibitions at HOME, Manchester and Tate Britain in 2016.

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, her work came to public attention in New Contemporaries 2009. She went on to win the Margaret Tait Award in 2013, was twice shortlisted for the Jarman Award, and achieved widespread critical acclaim for Feed Me (2015) in the British Art Show 8.

Recent exhibitions include: Spite Your Face (2017-18), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; Wot u :-) about? (2016), HOME, Manchester and Tate Britain, London; We Want Data (2016), Artpace San Antonio, Texas; Feed Me (2015), British Art Show 8; Ok, You’ve Had Your Fun, Casino Luxembourg (2015); Please, Sir…, Rowing, London (2014); The Weepers, Comar, Mull (2014); Happy & Glorious, CCA, Glasgow (2014), part of Generation, 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. Recent screenings include: Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival (2017); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2016); TECHSTYLE Series 1.0: Ariadne’s Thread at MILL 6, Hong Kong (2016); Athens and Luxembourg Film Festival (2016); Moving Pictures, British Council and Film London (2015-16); Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2014).


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