- Wednesday 31 January 2018 17.00 to 18.30
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France-Lise McGurn has gained attention for figurative paintings and drawings that evolve from her personal archive of collected imagery found in film, art, advertising and television. Often working directly onto walls and floors, she is also interested in the history of mural painting, from the domestic murals of Bloomsbury and her own mother, artist Rita McGurn, to the swinging ‘Christy Girls’ of American artist Howard Chandler Christy.
Her source materials share themes such as identity construction, gender portrayal, archetype, rebellion, and the ephemera of social communion. Working anachronistically with these materials her works explore the potential connotations of gender and sexuality in the written word, letter or drawn line.
In 2016 she was invited by Tate St Ives to paint the stairwell of the gallery and used her residency at Tate to think about the function of gossip, anecdotes, parties and the stories that circulate in an artists’ colony. Designed to be read vertically, the mural uses both spontaneous lines and repeated gestures to create loose associations about place, history and storytelling.
McGurn will be in Cornwall to undertake a new commission for the forthcoming Tate St. Ives show Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, which opens on 10 Feb (-29 April); she has also made new drawings for the exhibition publication.
France-Lise McGurn was born in 1983 lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2012, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions including Recent Activity, Birmingham and Alison Jacques Gallery, London. She also runs a club night in Glasgow called Daisies as part of a collaborative practise with Katie (Shambles) Shannon.
Laura Smith studied at Glasgow School of Art, Falmouth School of Art, and the Royal College of Art. In 2012 she was appointed Curator at Tate St Ives, with a responsibility for historical and contemporary exhibitions and publications. She has curated solo exhibitions of work by Rebecca Warren, Jessica Warboys, Marlow Moss, Linder and R.H Quaytman, as well as group exhibitions such as Images Moving Out Onto Space and The Modern Lens. She is curator of the soon to open Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, and is also working with Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer on a reimagining of Paul Gauguin’s time in Tahiti.
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Image Credit: France-Lise McGurn, Collapsing New People, wall painting with pearls and precious stones, Tate St. Ives 2017, (C) Tate.