Thought Crimes

Craig McClure

  • 2 May - 25 May, 2024

Opening night: 4.30pm, Thursday 2 May

Exhibition runs: 2 May –25 May

In "Thoughtcrimes," Craig McClure delves into the concept of thoughtcrime—a transgression of the mind rather than action—a notion as ancient as it is unsettling. Through his recent body of work, McClure fearlessly confronts the intricate relationship between religious doctrines and the human psyche, inviting viewers to engage in a candid critique of their impact.

Bold and unapologetic, McClure's creations emerge as a testament to his willingness to dissect these profound themes with transparency. His collection features ink drawings, serving as the foundation for expansive paintings and sculptures that resonate with ethereal profundity.

Within the gallery's confines, a delicate strawman, its visage adorned with a gilded mask, lies amidst a swarm of intricate sculptures. Resting upon a metal bed enveloped in opulent dark velvet and gold, it embodies the anxieties and complexities inherent in the exploration of thought and belief.

As Christopher Hitchens aptly observed, "there is somebody who owns us, who makes us, who supervises us – waking and sleeping – who knows our thoughts, who can convict us of thought crime." McClure's work challenges us to confront the implications of such omnipotence, inviting us to contemplate the price of intellectual autonomy and the nature of freedom itself.