Karen McLean: BLUE POWER | Ar’n’t I a Woman!
Block 336 recently presented two major installations by Birmingham-based, Trinidadian artist Karen McLean: BLUE POWER and Ar’n’t I a Woman!, bringing together two years worth of work. Informed by the artist’s experience of growing up in the Caribbean in the 1960s, McLean’s powerful sculptural work explores the symbolic and historical weight of materials and interrogates their relationship to Britain’s colonial legacy. Please click here to learn more.
On 27th May 2021, Block 336 hosted a virtual ‘in conversation’ event between artist Karen McLean and art critic, independent curator, art historian, writer and presenter Aindrea Emelife, in conjunction with McLean’s exhibition BLUE POWER | Ar’n’t I a Woman!
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On 10th June 2021, 6-7pm, Block 336 hosted a virtual ‘in conversation’ event between artist Karen McLean and Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall, researcher and Reader at Leeds Beckett University.
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Block 336 presents a series of works on paper by artist Karen McLean, a coda to her exhibition BLUE POWER | Ar’n’t I a Woman!.
The Blue Devils captured in the small pastels on gold paper represent the devil character that emerges in the early morning at the start of the Trinidad carnival referred to as J’Ouvert. They capture the spirit and movement of these characters, as well as embracing the texture and layers of these iconic figures.