UPSTAIRS: FRANCE-LISE MCGURN "ARCHAOS": OPENING THURSDAY 4 MAY

4 - 27 May 2017

Alison Jacques Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new upstairs exhibition space with a ​series of one-off projects and focused exhibitions. Inaugurating this new space is a ​solo ​project by ​Glasgow-based artist ​France-Lise McGur​n (b.1983, Glasgow) who will exhibit six new paintings along with a site-specific wall painting.

McGurn's paintings and drawings grow out of her personal archive of collected imagery found in film, art, advertising and television. Often working directly onto walls and floors, McGurn is also interested in the history of mural painting, from the domestic wall paintings of Bloomsbury and her mother, artist Rita McGurn, to the swinging 'Christy Girls' of American artist Howard Chandler Christy.

The title for this show comes from a 1990s-era club in central Glasgow called Archaos, famed for its double bed centrepiece. The works reference the drawings of Sergei Einstein, photos of France Gall, homemade club flyers, toilet door graffiti, the cartoons of Rose O'Neill, back copies of Playboy/Playbirds magazine, the films Tomboy (1985) and Poison Ivy (1992), as well as a genre of Brazilian sexploitation films, popular in the 70s and 80s, known as Pornochanchada.

Although never direct appropriations, the images are both familiar and anachronistic, repeatedly drawn and redrawn, and thus become shorthanded gestures with the subject becoming fractured and displaced. ​Spontaneous lines and repeated marks create loose associations about place, history and storytelling, almost as though we are peeling back the layers of a past. The colours in her palette quote rust, moss and sun bleached plastic and tones which recall bodily stains such as blood or sweat. 

France-Lise McGurn lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated with a BA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2005 and with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2012. McGurn ​is currently on show at Tate St. Ives until 3 September, where she is presenting a site-specific wall painting in the stairwell called Collapsing New People that spans the height of the building.