Alicia McCarthy

June 7 – 28, 2008

Installation view, 2008

Untitled (Circle Color Burst), 2008
colored pencil on found wood
15.25 x 16.5 inches



Untitled (Color Grid with Green), 2008
colored pencil and latex on found wood
22 x 23 inches

Untitled (White Square), 2008
colored pencil on found wood
21 x 21.5 inches

Alicia McCarthy
June 7 - 28, 2008
Opening reception: Saturday, June 7th, 6 - 9 pm


The Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Oakland-based artist Alicia McCarthy.

Drawing from outsider and folk art traditions, Alicia McCarthy paints recurring motifs on found wood or panel, often weaving paint line over line to embody the interconnected moments of human interaction that together make up her identity. McCarthy's paintings are reminiscent of abstract landscapes, composed of many lines forming grids, or arcs of color weaving on top of, and other each other, in an almost textile-like fashion. Rejecting consumer goods, McCarthy's new works unearth and rework discarded, found objects, each of which carries its own history and tells the story of a particular place and time.

Alicia McCarthy lives and works in Oakland, CA where she was born in 1969. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994 and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting/Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, and the New York Studio Program, New York, NY. In 2007 she received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Alicia has exhibited her work both locally and internationally and is the recipient of awards from the Headlands Center for the Arts and New Langton Arts in San Francisco, CA.