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About Niall McClelland
Niall McClelland’s vibrant abstractions recall the unpredictable patterns of tie-dye, Rorschach tests, and computer static. Inspired by a DIY-punk aesthetic and a background in graphic design, the artist exploits the imperfections inherent in easily accessible materials and reproduction techniques, such as ink and photocopying. McClelland’s minimalist compositions are made through techniques that prioritize randomness. For one body of work, he creased and crumpled large sheets of photocopied paper that he then carried in his pocket for months. When the sheets were opened, they revealed unexpected patterns. For another recent work, McClelland folded large sheets of paper into tiny squares that he then soaked in ink leaked from color-ink cartridges.
Canadian, b. 1980, Toronto, Canada, based in Toronto, Canada