Mentor Suzanne McClelland in 'MUTE,' a Solo Exhibit
BY Audrey Deng, November 15, 2019
Visual Arts Mentor Suzanne McClelland has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad since the early 1990s. Her practice includes large-scale paintings, works on paper and books, often extracting fragments of speech or text from various political or cultural sources and exploring the social, symbolic and material possibilities that reside within language.
Her latest exhibit, MUTE, is on view at Team Gallery in New York. It opens Nov. 14 and closes Dec. 19.
MUTE is a new project comprised of 26 paintings, one for each letter of the latin alphabet. According to the gallery’s website, “[t]he new paintings engage with the making of an image while avoiding representation, following an intention, simply put, to render the unutterable.” This is McClelland’s fifth solo exhibit at Team Gallery, and the gallery, familiar with the evolution of her work, describes McClelland as “remain[ing] obstinate yet yielding; lyrical in her thorniness.”
Since the mid-1980s, McClelland has shown her work extensively in the United States and abroad. Museum solos include those at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, the Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Her work is included in numerous public collections, among them The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museum in New York City, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Albertina in Vienna and the Walker Art Center. McClelland was included in the New Museum’s NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star and participated in the 1993 and 2014 Whitney Biennials.