turntable gallery is incredibly excited to host Even Rations, Chad McCail’s first show in Grimsby and the inaugural exhibition for tt88 gallery. Featuring a vast array of paintings, prints and posters, which orbit and seek to inform a large-scale installation. Displaying across across both venues, this huge show will also be accompanied by the areas‘ largest external drawing: Liars of Earth. This 100 ft leviathan is sure to become one of Grimsby’s most cherished focal points.
Born in England, Chad now lives and works in Scotland, but maintains those connections through international exhibitions and national public works. Graduating from Goldsmiths’ in 1989, McCail has continued to enjoy success with his bold, unique style. Often returning to the inextricable themes of sexual repression, violence and top-down totalitarianism, he weaves a narrative which plays out across broad planes of storyboards and sculpture. He has been widely collected, and has work in collections such as The British Council, the University of Dundee and The Fleming Collection.
McCail’s work is both figurative and graphic and focuses on an array of issues of public interest. These unflinching examinations, dissect the ways we live and organise ourselves. In this, it affirms our potential and proposes alternative directions. Driven by a conviction that together we can overcome apparently insurmountable challenges his work appeals to our better nature, whilst never denying the complexity of the difficulties. To this end it is neither a scathing critique, not a utopic fantasy land, it is a manual for the future which might be.