Iain MacLean’s “Passion”
Putting passion back into art, Iain MacLean’s “Passion” debuts at the Candid Art Gallery, London on the 2nd April, 2010.
LONDON – With “Passion”, Iain MacLean rejects much contemporary art for being, amongst other things: pseudo-scientific, puerile, pretentious, cold, clever, vacuous and boring.
Influenced by both African and European art through his Polish and Scottish parentage and Zambian place of birth, MacLean’s “Passion” includes a large painting in his African series entitled, “From Lust to Dust”. The piece depicts the crushed body of a mother and child in Darfur, with soldiers’ boot prints moving across the painting and the sand-encrusted frame.
MacLean’s work also reflects the tension between his search for God and his sensuality, demonstrated in his paintings of Christ contrasted with paintings of passion and love, going beyond the titillating, straight to the erotic and sensual.
The highlight of the exhibit is the preview of a major work-in-progress entitled “Human Cargo”, an interactive sculpture measuring 100ft. x 25ft. dedicated to the 12 million Africans who were enslaved and transported to America.
Expressing powerful passions in smells, paint, blood, metal and clay, the exhibition is peppered with quotes such as:
• “I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions...” (Rothko)
• “A work of art which does not begin in emotion is not art.” (Cezanne)
• “A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions.” (Picasso)
• “Nothing great has ever been accomplished without passion.” (Hegel)
Iain MacLean’s “Passion” will run at the Candid Art Gallery from the 2nd to the 13th April, 2010.
• New exhibition, entitled “Passion”, by Iain MacLean.
• At the Candid Art Gallery, Islington, London 2 -14 April, 2010.
• Manifesto aims at putting passion back into art.
• Rejects pseudo-scientific, cold, clever contemporary art.
About the artist:
Born in Zambia in 1949, to a Scottish father and Polish mother, Iain MacLean’s style is influenced by both African and European art. After leaving Goldsmiths, he held his last exhibition in 1971. He subsequently destroyed all his paintings and sculptures and only resumed work 34 years later, in 2005. He attended St Martins briefly in 2006/7