I paint ink and watercolor images on paper that combine precise narrative details with an atmospheric space that dissolves details, manipulating the sense of foreground and background, matter and the void. Emerging from these illuminated landscapes are construction sites, spectators, commedia dell'arte figures, dancers, classical sculptures, horses and other visual elements that refer to drama, artifice and history. Juxtaposing visual cues from widely ranging cultural and political epochs – and using them almost like hieroglyphics or visual haikus -- I play with the relationship between time and the image.
My work is influenced by photography, a form that traditionally captures a specific time and event. I often use photographs as source material and, like photos, my images are produced serially, are made through a simple process (ink absorbed into paper) and are informed by chance events like gravity and evaporation. But my paintings manipulate the photographic event and appear more like dreams, memories or historical reconstructions than "snap-shots" of the past.
Artist Bio / CV
Steve McClure shows his work regularly in Tampa, Durham, and New York City. His work has appeared in numerous group shows throughout the south and NYC, including Art on Paper: 2006, Weatherspoon Museum Art on Paper Biennial, Artist in the Marketplace:26, Bronx Museum of Arts and New American Talent: 20, Arthouse, Austin, Texas. He is the recipient of the Visual Arts Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Special Editions Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop, and the Bronx Museum of Arts’ AIM Residency.
Mr. McClure was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 1995. In Tampa he opened (with Eric Breit) the Willie Shaker Gallery. While living in North Carolina, he produced the experimental noise show CMP on WXDU and reopened the Willie Shaker Gallery.