Lynne McCabe makes interactive work that explores the potentialities and limits of “social sculpture”. The term designates art that is produced collectively, often through a series of flexible parameters that the artist defines for herself, her participants, and her audiences. By focusing on process, collaboration, interaction and conversation, McCabe’s work is a product of social engagement and active negotiation between all participants. These processes take varied forms for McCabe and include performance, installation, text, events, video and sound works.
Originally from Scotland, Lynne McCabe received her BA with honors from The Glasgow School of Art in 1999 and her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 53rd Venice Biennale, and was a recipient of a 2008 Artadia Award. Her work was featured in the 2008 Houston Area Exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum. She was an artist in residence at Blaffer Art Museum where she organized the social sculpture workshop and exhibition Room to be (Ms)Understood in 2012 and taught in the University of Houston’s Interdisciplinary Art program through the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. She is the director of She Works Flexible, a site for discourse and poetic exchange. It has taken many forms from a home based project to Flex School to a brick and mortar gallery.
Lynne McCabe's risograph prints, Igneous Bodies North are on view at American Camp; on August 4th she presented "On Cannibalism: A poem in colonialism and migration in six courses," a participatory dinner at San Juan Island National Historical Park.