Niall McClelland creates impoverished drawings and objects of varying scale and medium, embedding personal history in ephemeral, often cast aside material, and placing them alongside subcultural influences of the past. McClelland’s work is often the by-product of a related labour, an object or cast-off that speaks to the process of its creation, abstracting its origin and flipping the hand of the creator on its head.
McClelland’s work has been shown at The Power Plant (Toronto), MoCCA (Toronto), Plug-In ICA (Winnipeg), P.P.OW (New York), with recent solo exhibitions at Clint Roenisch (Toronto), Envoy Enterprises (New York) and Eleanor Harwood (San Francisco). McClelland is represented by Clint Roenisch in Canada and Envoy Enterprises in the US. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
(All photos from the exhibition by Jennifer Latour)
DTES.VPD. HALL #2-Bootlegg (2014)-Silkscreen mesh, emulsion, acrylic ink-art work by Niall McClelland courtesy of WAAP-Photo by Jennifer Latour
From left to right: No Maps-Work (2014)- Carbon ink on paper, packing tape, sweat, dirt, oil/ Popsicle Orange & Plum(1994-2014)- Spray paint, tape on cardboard– All art work by Niall McClelland courtesy of WAAP-Photo by Jennifer Latour
Teenanger (2014)-Marker on lined paper, electrical tape- Art work by Niall McClelland courtesy of WAAP- Portrait of Niall McClelland with art piece by Jennifer Latour