"This menagerie of misfit toys inspires childhood nostalgia, the inherent wonder of smooth, shiny objects and a sense of something darkly animate lurking underneath — just waiting to be 'unearthed.'"
- Brangien Davis
"If you're still feeling bitter that you didn't receive a Furby for Christmas in '98, I recommend Cathy McClure's exhibition Unearth for some strange catharsis."
- Lindsay Costello
CUTE OR CREEPY?
Seattle’s Traver Gallery hosts artist Cathy McClure and her metal Mickeys until the end of September. Stop by the internationally recognized downtown gallery to see McClure’s unconventional metal designs—and pick up a few dance moves from the robot on the last clip 🤖 🕺🏻
📍 Traver Gallery: 110 Union St, Seattle
⏰ Open Tues - Fri @ 10 am - 6 pm, Sat @ 10 am - 5 pm
📅 “Cathy McClure: Unearth” ~ On now thru September 30th
"Seattle-based artist Cathy McClure tears open plush toys to reveal the beautiful robotic innards hidden beneath them."
- Video by Lauren Frohne
"If visual magic is her goal, McClure is 100 percent successful. Her three installations using motion, light and sound are astonishing, a visual and aural three-ring circus that scares and delights equally. They are so effective that they could bring even a curmudgeon to a state of childlike wonder."
- David Bonetti
"If the movie Mad Max had had a toyshop, these half-whimsical, half-disturbing animals would have fit right in."
- Pilar Vilades
"Her process for creating the bots is deceptively simple — by taking the fur off of the battery-powered toy animals and recasting them in silver or bronze, McClure can reassemble them into little metallic clanking gargoyles.
- Laura Hutson
"McClure beautifully fabricates this kind of in-between state; we want to decipher the mechanics of her contraptions even while we long to lose ourselves in the fantasy."
- Gayle Clemans
"The cotton wool flew.
“We’re getting down into the guts of the piece,” she said.
Poor little thing, I said.
She gave an explosive giggle.
“Not poor little thing! I prefer to see them as liberated,” she said."
- Anthony Haden Guest
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