Rachel Maclean
December 10, 2013 1:20 PM   Subscribe

The humorously horrible, nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque art of Rachel Maclean.
posted by homunculus (17 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow...that is like Lisa Frank stickers come to life.
posted by Kitteh at 1:32 PM on December 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


EVIL Lisa Frank stickers.
posted by The Whelk at 1:51 PM on December 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Are there any other kind?
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:52 PM on December 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


I had a friend when I was younger that would react with unreasoning terror when his parents would tell him they were going to his aunt's house. My friend never told me what it was that made him so afraid, and his parents always talked about the aunt in the joyful tones one reserves for Shari Jones and Lambchop or Mr. Rogers.

In my mind, what I thought of when I thought of his aunt was very like these pictures.
posted by Mooski at 1:56 PM on December 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wow...that is like Lisa Frank stickers come to life.

...If they shot Vileness Fats at a Lisa Frank store, directed by Matthew Barney.
posted by mykescipark at 2:31 PM on December 10, 2013


Wow, her art is beautiful and awesome! Thanks, homunculus.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 2:40 PM on December 10, 2013


That's awesomely confusing. Amazing.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:33 PM on December 10, 2013


I can't say I look forward to the day when I encounter this in a gallery somewhere and am forced to speak of it in hushed tones of reverence.
posted by Halogenhat at 4:29 PM on December 10, 2013


You know how, six hundred years ago, if you were in church, you were surrounded by art whose beauty and power would last for centuries (you didn't know that part), whose richness came not only from its visual beauty, but from the fact that you and the artist shared a common language, and that you instinctively understood the symbols and the stories behind them, such that art was an act of communication that didn't require an artist's statement or a work of criticism?

That is what her work is. In fact, I wish she'd delete her artist's statement altogether and just let the pieces stand on their own, because these things speak. They are richly symbolic, they speak in our language, and they capture what's going on in our souls right now (even if we would not care to admit that). There is a moral vision without being stultifyingly didactic. There is a confident and culturally-rooted aesthetic that is both challenging and comforting. It embraces pop history without being a quote or paraphrase (that is, without being that nauseatingly needy, "Look, I too grew up watching cartoons, accept me!").

And the amazing thing is how embryonic it is. Within the confidence of her vision, there are these slight hesitations and missteps that show someone learning her art rather than proclaiming herself the master of it.

I do not think I am overstating it when I say this is some of the most exciting art to have been produced in decades.
posted by mittens at 4:45 PM on December 10, 2013 [5 favorites]


I was prepared to dislike this, but her short film Lolcats won me over—it's weirdly gripping and authentically dreamlike. No need to speak of her in hushed tones of reverence, but I think she's got something genuine going, and I find it not impossible her later work will be quite impressive (she's only 26!). Thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 4:47 PM on December 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Or what mittens just said with more eloquence and, you know, actual knowledge.
posted by languagehat at 4:47 PM on December 10, 2013


YES
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:49 PM on December 10, 2013


This one is less mysterious but I like it.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:15 PM on December 10, 2013


Wow...that is like Lisa Frank stickers come to life.

Or when their corpses are reanimated by an art history major on acid.

Germs made me very happy.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 5:58 PM on December 10, 2013


Impressive.

I don't want to watch them all at once, so there will still be more to see.

Pick up on the Monty Python vibe in the Phantom Band vid.

Maybe even a bit of Kenneth Anger, too.


Thanks, Homunculus.
 
posted by Herodios at 6:39 PM on December 10, 2013


This is exactly where pantone got radiant orchid.
Also, I like it.
posted by velebita at 10:08 PM on December 10, 2013


Brilliant. Many thanks for posting.
posted by freya_lamb at 4:03 AM on December 11, 2013


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