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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.

Mickey Twelve-Pack is part of the Moss Bureau exhibit MICKEY HARDWIRED at the METHOD Gallery exhibited in 2014, video credit: Cathy Mcclure 




McClure received the Betty Bowen Award and received her MFA from the 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 thrift stores.

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




Calendar Listing: Cathy McClure: Dispossessed

Closing reception and Artist Talk on Saturday, January 13th, 12pm – 1:30pm
Exhibition opens November 30, 2017 and runs through Saturday, January 13, 2018.  
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm.


Dispossessed exhibit CoCA Gallery exhibited in 2017, video credit: Trina Cooper


Earlier Event: November 25
Storefronts UN[contained] Artist Reception
Later Event: December 15
Sketch and Scrap