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Will Alsop & Bruce McLean

Two Chairs

7.12.2002 – 19.1.2003

Will Alsop & Bruce McLean: Two Chairs

7 December 2002 - 19 January 2003


This December visitors to Milton Keynes Gallery will be offered a unique insight into the creative collaboration between the internationally renowned British architect Will Alsop and the highly acclaimed British artist Bruce McLean.


For over twenty years Alsop & McLean have been enjoying annual creative encounters, meeting to produce large-scale, often highly colourful paintings and sculptural works for no-one other than themselves. Of their annual summer collaborations in Malargarba, Menorca, Alsop & McLean state that "within our collaborative work we discover forms and relations that feed our individual disciplines".


Will Alsop has always challenged the preconception that architecture is an isolated discipline. He has been a well-recognised protagonist in the fields of painting,sculpture, artistic interventions, writing and controversy for twenty years, as well as an architect and urbanist of international repute. He stresses the importance of cross-pollination between all these fields; the results have a balance invariably shot through with humour, colour and flair.


Bruce McLean is one of the most respected artists working in Europe today; in the late 1960s he rethought the possibilities of sculpture, in the ‘70s he took up performance art and from the ‘80s onwards he has explored painting, furniture, prints, ceramics and architecture.


In this exhibition a large, sculptural, painted platform will occupy MK G’s Long Gallery and the other galleries will present a selection of work made during the last ten years together with a video of some of their earlier work. They also plan to mount one or more works on MK G’s exterior walls. During the exhibition preview Alsop & McLean will make a statement about their collaborative work.


The ‘Two Chairs’ mentioned in the exhibition title feature in the creation and photography of Alsop & McLean’s collaborative works. Inclusion of two (generally identical) wooden chairs puts the vast canvases in perspective when they are photographed and is a humorous allusion to the collaborative nature of the work. The exhibition title is also a pun on the fact that Alsop & McLean both hold active academic posts or ‘chairs’. 

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