Alistair McClymont

Alistair McClymont’s artwork is a continuing process of discovery and experimentation, ranging across a variety of materials and practices. Each piece follows the last in a continual journey of investigation into cultural and physical phenomena.

Recent work is underlined by a search for what it is to be human. This might be our position in time and space on a grand scale, or singular observations on subjects that fascinate me. Each piece takes a small subject area and breaks it down into something understandable and perhaps beautiful.

At times artworks take the form of direct demonstration, or experimentation: phenomena are removed from the world and reduced to their essence. At other times the artworks are formed by phenomena: the sculpture, or image is created by a process that is out of my control and the final work points to that process.

McClymont lets the concept dictate the materials and method: this has produced artworks ranging from large scale installations to iPhone applications, but underlying all the work is a deep concern for beauty and reason.

Born in 1978, England, UK
Lives / works in London, UK

Education
2003 – 2005: MA, Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1997 – 2000: BA, Fine Art, Hull School of Art, Hull, UK

Solo Exhibitions
2014: ‘Function Generator’, Man&Eve, London, UK
2013: CAM Raleigh, NC, USA
2012: noshowspace, London, England — The Art House Foundation, artist in residence, UK — ’6 Chairs’, The Art House Foundation, London, UK
2010: Gibberd Sculpture Garden new permanent sculpture, UK
2009: ‘Pageant Store’, Edinburgh, Scotland — Wyer Gallery, London, UK — ‘The Limitations of Logic’, Wyer Gallery, London, UK
2007: ‘Paramount Pictures’, Wyer Gallery, London, UK
2006: Reception Space at ACAVA, London, UK
2005: Hull Art Lab, Hull, UK

Group Exhibitions
2013: ‘Wie eine zweite Natur’, Ars Electronica Festival, Automobil Forum, Unter den Linden, Berlin – Ars Electronica Museum, Linz, Austria
2012: Dundee Contemporary Arts – Blue Skies, Scotland — ‘V22 Summer Club’, London, UK — Title to be decided*, Leeds, England — Construction Gallery, London, UK
2011: LABoral – Experimental Station, Gijon, Spain — CA2M, Madrid, Spain
2010: ‘Ten Floors Project’, To Be Destroyed, London, UK — ‘Port Eliot Festival 2010’, Cornwall, UK — ‘APT’, London, England — Schwartz Gallery, London, UK
— Le Laboratoire, Paris, France — Gallery Espacio, Valencia, Spain
2009: ‘Affluenza’, London, UK
2008: Concrete and Glass, London, UK
2006: ‘Cologne OFF II’, Online — ‘Temporary Contemporary’, London, UK
2005: Three Colts Gallery, London, England — Café Gallery, London, UK
2004: Red Gallery, Hull, UK — The Lamp, Hull, UK
2003: Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, London, UK

Residencies
July 2013: Joint residency with Sophie Clements at Islington Mill, Salford
Jun 20 2011 – Jun 20 2012: The Art House Foundation
Jul 1 2005 – Aug 1 2005: Hull Art Lab

Competitions, Prizes and Awards
2013: Nominated for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering 2013, London, UK
2012: Nominated for the 100 Curators 100 Days project on Saatchi Online by Carson Chan Curator, Marrakech Biennale 4

Publications
2013: ‘Ars Electronica 2013 – Total Recall, The Evolution of Memory’, Ars Electronica catalogue
2011: ‘Experimental Station’, CA2M, Exhibition catalogue
2007 : ‘The 2007 Almanac of Political Art’, Reunion Projects

Permanent Collections
Credit Agricole
Gibberd Garden

Press
Feb 29 2012: New Scientist
Jan 31 2012: Artists Newsletter
Aug 3 2011: Frieze Magazine
May 15 2011: Revisita de Arte – LogoPress, Spain
May 14 2011: El Pais, Spain
May 14 2011: Hoy Es Arte, Spain
Apr 8 2011: Gibberd Garden featured on Gardener’s World, BBC
Dec 20 2010: Artist of the week – Saatchi Online
Nov 12 2010: Harlow Star
May 10 2010: NWT Magazine
Mar 1 2010: New Scientist
Sep 29 2009: Leith FM radio
Sep 25 2009: The List
Oct 10 2008: Channel 4
Oct 7 2008: Guardian video pick of the week
Oct 5 2008: Radio 1 interview
Oct 3 2008: Guardian newspaper
Sep 29 2008: TimeOut
Aug 1 2007: Total:spec magazine
Jul 27 2005: Hull Daily Mail
Jul 3 2005: Artists Newsletter
Jun 3 2003: Artists Newsletter