Cathy McClure

Specialities: Contemporary Art


1997 MFA University of Washington
1995 BFA Texas Technological University, Cum LaudeSOLO

2006 Persistence of Vision, MUSA Art Space, Seattle.
2005 A Raucous Look at the Persistence of Vision, MUSA, Seattle.
2003 Meet George Jetson, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle.
2001 Here I Am, Entertain Me! Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA.
2001 Pigs on Parade-public art, sponsors: Niketown, Washington Mutual. Seattle.
2001 First Light, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.
1999 Team works, New Kinetic Sculpture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
1999 Le Quai Fete, residency exhibit, Quai de la Gare, Paris.
1998 Carnival of Life, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle.GROUP

2006 Wired Forest, Kirkland Arts Space, Kirkland, WA.
2005 People Doing Strange Things With Electricity ll, Dorkbot, SID Inc, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle.
2005 Obsessions, SID Inc, Thread For Art, Seattle.
2005 Outside In, SID Inc., Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA.
2004 Hindsight: Frozen Moments, SID Inc, Consolidated Works, Seattle.
2004 Domesticity, SID Inc, Thread for Art, Seattle.
2004 Labor Lines, Thread for Art, Seattle, WA
2003 Speak and Spell, SID Inc, Pound Gallery, Seattle.
2003 The Last Judgment Project, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle.
2003 Fashion is Art, Runway Performance/Exhibition/Publication, Curated by Thread for Art, Bumbershoot, Seattle.
2003 Coupling, SID Inc, CMA Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.
2003 Dorkbot, SID, Inc, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle.
2003 Speak and Spell, SID Inc, SOIL, Seattle.
2002 Outside the Box, Downtown YMCA, curator, Seattle.
2002 First War of the New Millennium, Soil, Seattle
2002 LAVA
2002: Seattle Contemporary Art, Noodleworks, Seattle.
2001 Pop Mechanics, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
2001 Pop Mechanics, Milton Hershey Museum, Hershey, PA.
2001 Fuseball, Consolidated Works, Seattle.
2001 Independent Exposure Vital 5 Productions, Seattle.
2001 Public Dedication Day Performance, Bellevue Art Museum, WA.
2001 Domesticity, Donut Shop 3, Portland, OR.
2000 Pigs on Parade, sponsors: Niketown, Washington Mutual, Seattle.
2000 Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, WA.
2000 Art and Technology-Media for the New Century, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA.
2000 Donut Shop Two, Donut Shop, Portland, OR.
2000 Art & Technology: A Marriage for a New Millennium, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem Or.
2000 East of Eden-Splendor in the Bash, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.

1998 Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Meydenbauer, Bellevue, WA.
1998 Betty Bowen Award Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle.
1998 Home Alive Benefit, Richard Hugo House, Seattle.
1997 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.
1996 Scissor Kick, Ceramic Metal Arts, University of Washington, Seattle.
1996 The Box, Gallery of Fine Woodworking, Seattle.
1996 Works in Progress, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.
1996 Spiral, Highland Park Gallery, Dallas, TX,
1995 Works on Paper + Small 3-D, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.
1995 FOVA Eighth Annual Student Competition, FOVA Gallery, Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX.
1994 North American Juried Student Exhibition, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR.
1994 New Statements in Sterling. National Student Sterling Design Competition,
Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,
Sea First Bank, Spokane, WA,
Lever House, NY,
The NY Merchandise Mart, NY.
Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

Haden-Guest, Anthony. Fairs please: the affordable art bus is always on time, Financial Times, January 6/7, 2007.
Hackett, Regina. In the Galleries, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 2.
Samantha Scherer, First War of the New Millennium, SOIL, catalog. 2005.
Seekings, Kate. People Doing Strange Things With Electricity II, DORKBOT, art using tech/tech making art, 62-63,catalog, 2005
Wagonfeld, Judy. Hindsight and foresight at play when Frozen Moments evolve. Seattle Post Intelligencer, May 21.
Graves, Jen. “The Arts: fashion Is...eclectric, individual-and certainly, Fashion Is Art.” Tacoma News Tribune, August 31, 2003
Visual Art Picks Frozen Moments. Seattle Weekly, June 9.
Fahey, Anna. Fashion Is Art, Thread for Art, Page 26, catalog.
Parvez, D. Fashion statements, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 29.
Syme, Chad. Get Me Off This Crazy Thing, Bumbershoot Seattle, catalog, 2003
Catalani, Stefano. The Last Judgment Project, Seattle, Pages 32-33, catalog, 2003
Farr, Sheila. Exhibits show a fashion sense you’ll want to devour, Seattle Times. 2003
Dorkbot. NPR Broadcasting, Mechanical toys played on air. (Nov) 2003
Wiswell, Tonnvane. Magic With Words: Speak and Spell at SOIL/ Pound Galleries, Tablet, July2003
Curtis, Molly Norris. Bumbershoot Visual Arts Preview, Art Access, July/August. 2003
Fahey, Anna. The impulse for First War of the New Millennium, Art Papers, September.
Farr, Sheila. In words that chill, in a haunted stare-the impact of Sept. 11, Seattle Times, May 10.
Hill, Steve. One Odd Coupling: Home Security and Bowling, University Week, March.
Fahey, Anna. LAVA 2002, Thread for Art, Pages 82-85 Artist book reproduced images.
Hall, Emily. Pay Attention, Please. Artists Before the Eruption, The Stranger, May 30, 2002
Christopher, Brian M. Fighting Gravity, Sci-Fi art exhibit pushes envelope, Intelligencer Journal, January 19.
Lewis, Zachary. Art Museum’s Side Show Geared to Mechanical, Patriot News, January 21. 2001
Kelly, Sara. Perfect collaboration. Tacoma Reporter. March 22, 2001.
American Craft, April/May. 2001.

Hall, Emily. Tinkerer’s Toy-Cathy McClure’s Nagging Animation Obsession, The Stranger, August 10th. 2000
Row, D.K. The rough edges of high art. The Oregonian, September, 2000.
Kangas, Matthew. Last call at the mall, Installations outshine paintings in museum’s last show, Seattle Times, August 11. 2000
Hackett, Regina. Art in Progress: BAM’s Pacific Northwest Annual, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 11. 2000
Fredrickson, Eric. Look at Me! Young and New in Bellevue, The Stranger, August 12. 2000
Maclay, Catherine. The Illusions of Zoetrope, Silicon Valley News, June 13.1999
Bonetti, David. Art as team effort, Solo works grab attention at Yerba Center, San Francisco Examiner, July 6.1999.
Kumi Yamashita. Cathy McClure, Bay Guardian, June 8, 1999.
Im, Soyon. The Hit List. The Seattle Weekly, March 19, 1998.
Spencer, Kelly. Bellevue Arts Commission Indoor Exhibition Catalog, Page 10, July 17, 1998.
Halper, Vicki. Betty Bowen Award Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Page 26, catalog, 1998
McClure wins Bowen award, Artweek, January. 1998
Artweek. Art News, January. 1998
Updike, Robin. McClure’s magic circus, Intricate Installation by Young Artist Well Worth a Look, Seattle Times, March 12, 1998
Fredrickson, Eric. Zoetroparific! March 13, The Stranger. 1998
Johnson, Lara. Cathy McClure’s Carnival of Life, The University Daily, February 23, 1998
Hackett, Regina. Craft Values Dominate in Pioneer Square shows, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 13. 1998
Updike, Robin. A shadow reality in a trick of the light. Artist Cathy McClure’s creations spin chaotic illusions, Seattle Times,
Nov 30, 1997
Nakane, Kazuko. Where Do They Go After School? Artweek, August. 1997

2003 Carol Marlow and Jim Young, permanent collection, Seattle, WA.
2000 Best in Show, Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, WA.
2000 People’s Choice Award, Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, WA.
2000 Matt Griffin and Evelyn Rozner, permanent collection, Seattle, WA,
1999 The Pace Collection, permanent collection, Dallas, TX.
1999 Quai de La Gare, residency recipient, Paris, France.
1997 Betty Bowen Memorial Award, grand prize, Seattle Art Museum.
1996 Marsh Scholarship, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle.
1995 Gonzales Scholarship, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle.
1995 Gonzales Scholarship, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle.
1995 Teaching Assistantship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN
1995 HYPrice Merit Scholarship, TexasTechnological University, Lubbock, TX.
1995 Arts Alliance Scholarship, Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX
1994 HYPrice Merit Scholarship, Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX
1994 Art Memorial Scholarship, Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX.
1994 Friends of Arrowmont Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Art, TN.
1994 All American Scholar Collegiate Award, national.
1994 White House, Blue Room, permanent collection, Washington, DC.

2005 Lead Chick for Chicks Play Hard, mentoring youth project.
2004 EMP, Lead Chick for Chicks Play Hard, mentoring youth project.
2003 EMP, Lead Chick for Chicks Play Hard, mentoring youth project.
2002 Downtown YMCA, visual arts educator/curator for Outside the Box.
2000 Lease, Crutcher, Lewis, Seattle, WA. creative assistant for Bill Lewis, 1999 Bryant Elementary, Seattle, WA, visiting artist instruction and workshop.
1999 Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA; visiting artist teaching workshop.
1998 Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, visiting artist workshop.
1997 Henry Art Gallery, Internship, Seattle, WA. Teaching Assistant, Blaine Elementary School, Dearborn Park
1997 Elementary, Beverly Park at Glendale Elementary School, West Seattle High School
1996 University of Washington, Teaching Assistant, Seattle, WA. 1996 Seattle Art Museum, Internship, Seattle, WA. Curatorial assistant.
1996 University of Washington, Ceramic Technical Assistant, Seattle, WA.
1996 Texas Technological University, Glassblowing Technical Assistant, Lubbock, TX.
1996 University of Washington, Ceramic Technical Assistant, Seattle, WA.
1996 Texas Technological University, Glassblowing Technical Assistant, Lubbock, TX.

Artist statementAs a multi-media artist with a strong background in metal design, I am seduced by the limitless potential of silver, copper, and stainless steel. My enthusiasm for the techniques and traditions of metalsmithing is rivaled only by a wild preoccupation with mechanical toys and the discrepancy between the public’s perception of an imagined techno-future and that future that we now inhabit. Exposure to the illusory magic of the zoetrope has had a significant influence on the evolution of my work. My zoetropic works are based on the two-dimensional toy, Wheel of Life, which, during the Victorian era, was marketed in the U.S. by Milton Bradley. These installations intend to mesmerize and enchant the viewer through optical illusion and sound; possessed silhouettes in flickering shadow figure prominently in these kinetic compositions, juxtaposing merriment and exhilaration with apprehension and bewilderment. The cast of solid inflexible characters engaged in repetitive motions, conjure dreamy cinematic operations and allude to a modern life characterized by escapism, frenzy, and consumption. This carnivalesque world illuminates social disparities – studies in deviance and spectacle that reflect the dynamics of attraction and repulsion. The juxtaposition of humor and charm with iconic memory and craftsmanship lures viewers into a playful state where magic is encouraged to linger. In 2003, I co-founded SID, Inc. (Sound Industrial Design). Using the plush toy as a metaphor, SID created installations and videos highlighting the societal penchant for over-consumption and over-production. The deconstruction of a grossly abundant supply of forgotten toys revealed not only the function of minute inner mechanisms, but also the unseen beauty of design and alternate personas. My recent work takes this body of work further, placing the idea of disposable multiple objects against the allure of the one-of-a-kind. Fascinated by the fleeting value placed on low-priced multiple objects farmed out of factories in record numbers, I take unstuffed, discarded, mechanical rejects and introduce new identities. The underlying plastic object embodies more potential for my imagination than the stuffed object layered with intricate marketing identities. It is these unstuffed plastic oddities that I reinvent in sterling silver. This contrast between the discarded forgotten object and the cherished precious one underscores societal contradictions and reintroduces us to the magical quality of flipping frogs, drumming monkeys, and slowly turning carousels.

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Cathy McClure

Set of four 'Bots': 'Bassett', 'Lady Bug', 'Rooste

Phillips de Pury & Company, New York

October 16, 2012