FLAIL (Photo: Jean Paul Bland)
New Commission for Coastal Currents Festival
Saturday 30 August – Sunday 14 September,¬†10am – 6pm
The Basement, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings,
Pelham Place, Hastings TN34 3AF
Internationally acclaimed artist Kate MccGwire has been¬†commissioned by Coastal Currents to create a site specific work in the unique¬†environment of the crypt at St Mary in the Castle.
MccGwire‚Äôs work often explores themes such as Freud‚Äôs¬†Unheimliche, the uncanny or unhomely and otherness by¬†using the language of nature to create unnatural forms.
Ephemeral materials such as her feathers, including pigeon,¬†mallard or magpie, are used in complex and intricate¬†ways, to make beautiful but sometimes uncomfortable¬†constructions; challenging our perceptions of the¬†familiarity of feathers with birds in flight.
MccGwire creates complicated and sophisticated forms¬†which provide an alternative take on an original approach¬†to natural history, describing them herself as ‚Äúbinary¬†concepts of darkness and beauty, sensuous and sensual‚ÄĚ.
For MccGwire, feathers are a familiar object which she¬†transforms into disconcerting yet alluring configurations,¬†probing the beauty inherent in duality and exploring the¬†play of opposites. Unsettling, surreal and immersive, her¬†work is loaded with symbolic meaning.
Throughout the festival,¬†MccGwire will also be showing¬†smaller ephemeral works within¬†the window space of Butlers¬†Emporium, a beautiful unspoiled¬†building in the heart of the Old¬†Town, dating from around 1832.
Open throughout the festival,¬†11am – 5pm
Butlers Emporium,¬†70 George Street, Hastings,¬†TN34 3EE
Recent, current and forthcoming exhibitions:
MoMU, Antwerp; All Visual Arts, London; The Beany House,¬†Canterbury; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Felbrigg¬†Hall, National Trust; Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf;¬†Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris; Le Royal¬†Monceau, Paris; International Craft Biennial, South Korea;¬†Gaasbeek Castle, Belguim; Newark Park, National Trust; The¬†Reyden Weiss Collection, Oberstdorf; Humoldt, Krokodil &¬†Polke, Berlin; Museum National d‚Äô Histoire Naturelle, Paris.