...And Swine Flew Too!
Angles Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings, works on paper, and sculpture by Kelly McLane,...And Swine Flew Too! This is McLane’s fourth solo exhibition at Angles Gallery.
The show’s title makes current a flippant yet poignant cliché, referring to an impossibility of biblical proportions (when pigs fly.) McLane’s art addresses our moment in history, with its legitimate fear of global catastrophe and the end of human civilization, that has produced a culture spinning out of control. In McLane’s new works, life continues to be one sideshow followed by another.
In Flaming Arrow, chaos rules the day, as burning buffalo and a city alight, while a giant lizard plucks its lunch of passengers from a Ferris wheel. McLane’s first sculpture, I am Not a Ricist, is a totem-like homage to the ancient sport of sumo wrestling. Using traditional media like porcelain and wood, the sculpture depicts an untraditional history of an upside-down world of debauchery, decay, and art that has caused schizophrenia in the world’s collective unconsciousness. However, under McLane’s “big tent,” birthing pains of a new romanticism replace skepticism and chaos with freedom.
Kelly McLane’s solo exhibitions include those at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, CRG Gallery, New York, and Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California. Her works have been included in numerous group exhibitions, including The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York; Neuberger Museum of Art, New York City; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Kansas; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado; Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, California; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California, and Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California. McLane holds an MFA from the University of California, Davis, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.