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Commissioned by Chisenhale, the exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Matthew McCaslin will be his first in a British gallery. Many of McCaslin’s recent works incorporate audio and video equipment and function, according to the artist, as “events” – the recorded sounds and imagery evoke responses in us which constitute the subject of the works. At Chisenhale the moving image of a human eye will be interwoven with soundtracks of an American talk show and Apocalypse Now, as well as with video clips of a racing car and predatory animals hunting.

McCaslin’s work, “confused” with its environment, at once declares its absurdity and temporariness. Obliquely, paradoxically, it refers to the workings of the human body, especially nervous and circulatory systems, and thus engages the viewer. The expenditure of electrical energy provides a powerful analogy for perpetual human effort.

Matthew McCaslin was born in 1957 in Bayshore, New York and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York in 1980. McCaslin has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums around the world. Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, this exhibition is part of the Prudential Award Programme at Chisenhale.

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Matthew McCaslin