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This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Dan McCarthy in 2014 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Dan McCarthy in 2014 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.Installation viewInstallation viewInstallation viewInstallation viewInstallation viewInstallation viewInstallation view
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Works

This is a sculpture titled Untitled Ceramic Facepot #38 by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are Low fire clay and glaze with silver and gold lustre, and the dimensions are 16.75 inches by 10.75 inches.This is a work titled Untitled work on paper #7 by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic paint on paper, and the dimensions are 27.5 inches by 21.5 inches.This is a work titled Angel Dust by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 71 inches by 60 inches.This is a work titled Night Tide by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 73 inches by 61 inches.This is a work titled Rolling Thunder by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 72 inches by 60 inches.This is a work titled Partridge Family by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 70 inches by 62 inches.This is a work titled Black Metal by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 72 inches by 61 inches.This is a work titled Chinese Junk by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 71 inches by 59 inches.This is a work titled Easter Egg by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 71 inches by 59 inches.This is a work titled Spring Break by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 73 inches by 61 inches.This is a work titled Night Watch by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 72 inches by 62 inches.This is a work titled Red Crayola by artist Dan McCarthy made in 2013. The materials are acrylic and marbleized gesso on canvas,  and the dimensions are 73 inches by 62 inches.

Press Release

Dan McCarthy
February 20 –
March 22, 2014

For his fifth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, New York artist Dan McCarthy is presenting new paintings, drawings, and a group of ceramic sculptures called Facepots. Figures and faces are his subject matter; intricate paint-transfer processes channel the artist’s message of directness and supreme verve.

 

The figures seem to live in the light. Looking at the sequence of painted single figures on lightly stained backgrounds and the rows of high-gloss colorful Facepots, it appears as though McCarthy wants his figures to come alive. They possess a presence and life-like spirit that suggests potential action; action appropriate to the artist’s utopian cast of characters comprised of bathers, skaters, dancers, bird-wranglers, philosophers, musicians, on the whole, muses and luminaries. Content and at ease with themselves, entirely free from anxiety, they’re ready to be given free rein to enter and illuminate our ordinary (slightly overcast) lives.

 

Through McCarthy’s painting process, a type of free gestural figure drawing emerges, like an intimate watercolor sketch only on the scale of a life size painting. The figures become distillations of emotion into line, color, and texture, similar to calligraphy, an effect McCarthy calls “naturalistic caricature.”

 

I’m actually a process painter. I begin by applying a heavily marbleized gesso to a stretched number 10 canvas, first with a brush and later with a 14” cake decorating knife, in some cases applying up to 40 coats on a single canvas. Images are created by first making a painted image upon a canvas of similar size and pressing it face to face into the canvas with a prepared surface. Transferred, rinsed, stained, pin-striped and tweaked into place, the paintings are related to unique mono-prints. The marbleized ground creates effects and conditions that are specific to the materials: aquatint like washes, ghost lines and the registration of slight mark making. Most traces of direct handwork are removed through the process. (McCarthy)

 

A ninety-six page illustrated catalog published by Hassla, which includes texts by Mary Heilmann, Timothée Chaillou, and Carlo McCormick accompanies the exhibition.

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