Digital Play : Wendy McMurdo Collected Works 1995 - 2012
Wendy McMurdo is a photographer and filmmaker who focuses on the relationship between technology and identity expressed through the images and ideas of childhood. She looks at the psychological world of children and young people, both as a protected space and, increasingly, as a ground for marketing wars and a prematurely forced adulthood.
Street Level is hosting a major solo exhibition of collected works spanning the period from 1995 to 2012 by the artist. This exhibition includes The Skater, a series of large scale photographic works not seen in Scotland before and prepared specially for GENERATION in this cohesive form, and The Loop - a film made in conjunction with Paul Holmes in 2009. This is augmented by key works looking at the relationship of children to technology, including her ground-breaking project In a Shaded Place, and other work which represent significant developments in the artist’s practice.
A specially commissioned article by David Hopkins, Professor of Art History at the University of Glasgow, is available at the exhibition and online. You can view the Exhibition Brochure here and also download the article here. An entry in the GENERATION guide has been written by Andrew Patrizio, Professor of Scottish Visual Culture at Edinburgh College of Art / University of Edinburgh.
Two limited edition prints have been produced to accompany this exhibition at Street Level Photoworks. These can be purchased from the gallery during the run of the show or direct from Wendy McMurdo’s website
‘The Loop’ was commisioned by Ffotogallery and supported by New Media Scotland’s Alt-w fund. Exhibition equipment and assistance with the kind support of New Media Scotland.
This exhibition is part of GENERATION: a major, nation-wide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant artists to have emerged from Scotland over the last 25 years. It shows the generation of ideas, of experiences, and of worldclass art on an unparalleled scale by over 100 artists in more than 60 venues. GENERATION is delivered as a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland and is part of Culture 2014, the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
Artists Talk with Wendy McMurdo - Saturday 9th August at 3pm.
Wendy talks about her work on Summerhall TV here
For more information on Wendy on the Generation website, see here
You can also access the full programme and list of artists and venues participating in it.
Images: banner image, detail from "Avatar (iii), 2008 © Wendy McMurdo
left: 'The Somnamulist', 1995 © Wendy McMurdo
below: 'Avatar (i)', 2008 © Wendy McMurdo