Shallow is a series of original musical paintings or cut-ups composed by Malcolm McLaren from appropriated clips lifted from film which depict people before sex. The footage is spliced, repeated and slowed down, resulting in a hypnotic, layered and provocative work.
This collection of musical paintings - portraits of people thinking, desiring, wanting, wishing, imagining having sex, have been dug out of the ruins of pop culture: pornographic films and pop music. McLaren has likened them to a map of feelings that navigate both the ‘look of music’ and the ‘sound of fashion’. Shallow has been shown to critical acclaim in Art Basel, London’s Royal Academy and in Times Square, New York.
McLaren has been a pop cultural icon for over thirty years. An artist in the most post-modern sense of the word, he has consistently been at the forefront. Starting as a young student in London’s art schools including Goldsmiths College and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, he studied drawing and painting before experimenting in radical, politicized artworks inspired by the Internationale Situationniste, the most famous of which was Punk. All his various life-long activities—as legendary shop conceptualist, Let It Rock, Too Fast To Live Too Young to Die, Sex, Seditionaries, World’s End and Nostalgia of Mud, his 12-year design partnership with Vivienne Westwood, pop music group creator and manager with Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow, singer/composer/musical artist with Duck Rock, Fans, Waltz Darling, Paris, lecturer, performer, producer, filmmaker, director, philosopher and politician when he ran for Mayor of London in 1999, are expressions of his art.
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