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Since the early 1990s, Suzanne McClelland’s paintings have begun with language in both its written and spoken forms, reflecting her understanding that our own interpretation of words and numbers can be even more important than their formal definitions.
The expressive painting Ideal Proportions (Squeeze—a winning hand) addresses the ways that human bodies are quantified and described by the objective, analytic language of numerical measurements. For her, numbers do not—despite their presumption of factual accuracy—represent the body as it is but rather open a space in the viewer's mind in which he or she "creates" an image of the body. The panels of the diptych Ideal Proportions: Steve and John feature strings of digits representing the ideal male proportions according to the influential bodybuilders Steve Reeves and John McCallum.
Suzanne McClelland’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace