Programme

Hush lil baby – Shae Myles Solo Exhibition  —
Shae Myles

23.11→16.12.2023

Exhibition

EXHIBITION DATES:
23RD NOV – 16TH DEC

WHERE:

Strange Field, 105 French Street, G40 4EH

VISITING HOURS:

Thurs – Fri: 12.00 – 19.00
Sat – Sun: 12.00 – 18.00

OPENING NIGHT: THURS 23/11, 19.00 – 00.00
Featuring Performance by Femme Castratrice with Shae Myles and after-party with DJ collective Mojxmma

16NSt curatorial collective presents the first solo exhibition of Glasgow-based emerging artist Shae Myles in ‘Hush lil baby’, inspired by the world of the 1990s Polly Pocket compacts.

“I’m keen to delve into an exploration of how play transforms into adulthood. I’m drawn to Polly Pocket to form the conceptual framework for this body of work, to explore the complex interplay between childhood memories, the spilling and keeping of secrets, desire for nostalgic revelry, and the transformative power of imaginative play” – Shae Myles.

Myles’ exhibition displays an interactive sculptural installation that will act as a site for live intervention and performance directed by Femme Catratrice, along with a series of drawings. Shae’s sculptural work, which investigates play theories, femme aesthetics, secrets, obsession, and consumer culture, uses the immersive installation to posit the viewer at the intersection of these themes. The exhibition is hosted at partner venue Strange Field, and will take place in their French Street gallery space in Dalmarnock. Curating and collaborating with the artist, 16NSt are facilitating a month-long exploratory research and in-situ making period at Kiosk in Govanhill, which will invite the community into Myles’ creative process, asking them to contribute to our secrets hotline

The germination point and central sculpture for the exhibition is our commission of Myles’ life-size sculpture inspired by the Bluebird Polly Pocket compacts of the 1990s. True to the original form of the toy, the sculpture will subvert the charming, carefully organised domestic space they are known for; depicting instead a more fantastical, raw representation of childhood play memories, and how they may impact us in adulthood. Toying with the idea of sculpture as monument – Myles’ commission will immortalise a commonplace nostalgia. Expanding the sculpture throughout the exhibition and encouraging active engagement from the audience will investigate a fluid boundary drawn between public and private spheres – with the sculpture, and its discursive relationship to the exhibition space vs the toy’s domestic space – at the centre of this exploration.

This project is generously funded by the Henry Moore Foundation, Creative Scotland and made possible with support from Strange Field and Kiosk.