In the 42nd week of Fig-2 at the ICA Studio, Artlyst visited the latest exhibition by Scottish artist Bruce McLean, currently inhabiting the premises, engaging in a continuous interview with himself throughout the week. Artlyst thought we would join in, and interview the artist as well! Artlyst Editor Paul Carter Robinson discusses how McLean revisits his keynote lecture at Frieze Art Fair last year, and how the artist has produced a ﬁlm to document the dialogue, which will be perfected and re-shot through several takes and repetitions, assisted by his long-term friend and collaborator Eddie Farrell.
Image: Bruce McLean Concept Comic, 1975 – 2015 © the artist.
The work is charged with humour and wit, and the interview is formed of questions that seek to elaborate the artist’s position, and McLean’s approach to modes of production. Employing satirical, yet engaging commentaries on the state of arts and its relations, the artist brings forward references to his earlier works. In addition to the staging of McLean interviews McLean, the exhibition includes archival material from his previous exhibitions and artworks, as the artist discusses his sprawling career and some of the art world’s conceptual greats.
About the artist:
Bruce McLean (b. 1944, Glasgow Scotland), lives and works in London. McLean has exhibited in groundbreaking international shows since the late Sixties including, ‘When Attitudes become form’, Kunsthalle, Bern; and ICA, London (1969), ‘Konception’, Museum Morsbroish, Leverkusen, Germany, (1969), ‘Art in the Mind’, Allen Memorial Museum, Oberlin Ohio (1969), ‘Information’, Museum Modern Art, New York, USA, (1970), ‘Road Show Biennale’, Biennale de Sao Paolo, Brazil (1970), ‘The British Avant Garde’ New York Cultural Centre, New York, USA (1971), ‘Documenta 6’ (1977) and ‘Documenta 7’ (1982), both in Kassel, Germany, ‘Process, Progress Project Archive’ Chelsea Space, London (1966-2006).
Questions compiled by: Paul Black and Paul Carter Robinson © Artlyst 2015
Audio: Paul Carter Robinson, Bruce McLean, lead photo: PC Robinson © Artlyst 2015
Bruce McLean – ﬁg-2 42/50 – ICA Studio London – until 25 Oct 2015