"Art is not propaganda. It is truth." John F. Kennedy, 1960
Elizabeth McClancy paints the faces of social crises - crises that are either off the radar or insufficiently understood. Her art includes its social context and the circumstances of its exhibition to the end that the viewing of the art, the exhibition event itself and, ultimately, a significant percentage of the art's sales will measurably promote awareness and support of front-line social change organizations. The artist has had major exhibitions in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
McClancy's first painting was completed in November of 2005.
Her upcoming series, titled US Principles, 12 paintings of six contemporary democrats and six republicans, is the centerpiece of both a national touring exhibition and an online change mechanism. US Principles is designed to function as a fiercely nonpartisan, interactive space where ALL Americans - from the furthest RIGHT to the furthest LEFT - may reflect upon & statistically determine the essential principles that bind US. "A substantive space that allows all of US at the table – but without confrontation....to start to discover that we agree." US Principles is in proof-of-concept throughout 2020.
McClancy's debut Democratic Principles series includes a coffee-table book by the same name. As Senator John F. Kerry said in his Foreword to the book, “The purpose of the DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES [series] is to rekindle in the American people awareness of the serious principles that are central to the founding of our democracy and to its future. To understand the necessity of those principles for the survival of our democracy is to recognize the paramount importance of defending those principles against all who would subvert them in the interest of power or personal gain.” Each painting hangs with a statement by its subject on a cherished principle of democracy, related to a 21st century issue. In the same way, the book pairs each reproduction with a compelling essay by each subject.
McClancy is currently working on the nine paintings of her new Look. At. Me. series. Her work will serve as the centerpiece of the Look. At. Me. Project, a nationally-touring exhibition designed to create an artistic space where communities across the nation come to pause, learn...and embrace the presence of people with disabilities.
The exhibition itself will be comprised of three artists' responses (paint, sound and film) to the same nine people with physical, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Its national, five-year tour will be supported by an online follow-up curriculum, interface with local disabilities nonprofits and populations, and the active participation of major U. S. art museums. Look. At. Me. has been designated as a Public Nonprofit 501©3. McClancy serves as the project's director. (For more information, go to www.lookatmeproject.org)
The artist hopes to devote a significant portion of the rest of her life to creative direction of the Look. At. Me. Project, creating and attracting new art and, ultimately, establishing a national Center for Inclusion, which will house the exhibition when not on tour as well as serve as a retreat center where leading members of the disabilities community can come apart to discuss emerging problems, devise strategies and - using the exhibition as the catalyst - implement systemic solutions.
"There is something about the solitary moment in front of a painting that allows profound and enduring
communication. It is my fervent hope that these exhibitions will have a significant effect upon how
these subjects are understood and supported."E. C. McClancy
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