Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Neil McClelland " Creation" (Energize ExhibitionJune 09-July 09)

Neil McClelland
Oil on Mylar

In my still life paintings I like to work from old toys, thrift store discoveries, and other neglected objects. I combine these objects in tableaux that play with art historical and popular culture references. Sometimes these arrangements evoke the partly buried fears of childhood or they search for meaning in what increasingly feels like a fragile and fragmented world. “Creation” references our dependence on non-renewable energy sources and concerns about the dangers for humanity in being “addicted to oil.”