Thursday, November 30 - Saturday, January 13
From November 30, 2017 through January 13, 2018, Seattle’s
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is excited to present Cathy McClure, multi-media artist with a
background in metal design who typically works in sterling silver, copper, bronze, and steel. Additionally,
she has a preoccupation with engineering, mechanical toys and the discrepancy between America’s
Dream of our techno-future and the actual state of it. Her latest body of work highlighted at CoCA involves
the deconstruction and reinvention of toys.
“Hands wielding scissors, I massacre discarded motor-driven robotic plush toys, eviscerating them through a
Geppetto-like taxidermy until I get down into the guts… Skinning my “Bots” to the bone, all that remains are their
various articulated plastic limbs and bodily armature, which contains the preserved mechanisms that gave these
once-cuddly Elmos, elephants, Mickeys and monkeys their life-like movement and sound.” -Cathy McClure
In times past, the future was an unfamiliar and magical place filled with technology. The Digital Kids
generation’s post-toy life leans more toward apathy and bewilderment at a screen over jubilance and
exhilaration found in play. Additionally, while Toys R Us files for bankruptcy* and Super Mario takes over
the screens of millions of children this holiday season, we are left surrounded by a grossly abundant
supply of the dispossessed and forgotten. McClure’s uniquely engineered and gold-leafed bots have led
her to the place where the discarded are discovered and reinvented amidst her clever curiosity and a
sheer joy for the darker side of play.
McClure received the Betty Bowen Award and received her MFA from University of Washington in 1997.
She has had solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Bellevue Arts Museum and has
exhibited widely, including the Henry Art Gallery, the Milton Hershey School Museum, and Art Miami
Basel. She is currently represented by Edelman Arts and Moss in New York, New York. She lives in
West Seattle with her husband and lots of various parts and pieces of mechanical toys acquired at local
Join us for the opening reception during Pioneer Square Artwalk on Thursday, December 7 from 6-9pm.
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
suggested $5 donation