Alicia McCarthy

December 19, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Installation View, 2019

Installation View, 2019

Installation View, 2019

Installation View, 2019

Installation View, 2019

Installation View, 2019

Installation View, 2019

Untitled, 2019 

House paint on spray paint and panel 

48 x 48 inches 

 

Untitled, 2019
Pencil, spray paint and house paint on wood panel
22 x 23 inches

Untitled, 2019
Pencil, spray paint and house paint on wood panel 
22 x 23 inches

Untitled, 2018
Acrylic pen and spray paint on wood panel
94.5 x 94.5 inches

 

Untitled, 2019
Pencil and house paint on wood
16 x 20 inches

 

Alicia McCarthy and Francesco Igory Deiana
Untitled, 2019
Graphite on paper
60.5 x 41 inches

 

Untitled, 2019
Penciland house paint on wood 
9.5 x 13 inches

Untitled, 2019
Pencil, spray paint and house paint on wood panel 
48 x 48 inches

Untitled, 2019
Pencil and spray paint on paper
11 x 15 inches

Jack Hanley Gallery is excited to present Alicia McCarthy’s eighth solo exhibition with the gallery, showing new paintings and works on paper.

McCarthy’s abstract compositions combine complex details and patterns with raw painterly gestures. In her signature elements of weaves, twisted knots and intertwined arcs, rainbows and bands of color, her drawings and paintings lure the eye into a dense maze of lines in which it is easy to get lost the closer you look. Remnants of paint drips and splashes, smears, pencil tests and traces of spray paint reveal the surfaces’ pasts, often accompanying McCarthy in her studio for long periods of time. This immediacy bares an intimacy between artist and object and carries the artist’s own physicality into each work.

In tracing the lines, her distinct handmade quality is palpable throughout a variety of media including pencil, graphite, latex - or spray paint. Surfaces ranging from construction paper, over found wood to panels. Both the exploration of media and the use of paint as well as the compositions themselves, balance chance and control, order and chaos, and choose imperfections over sleekness.
 

Alicia McCarthy (b. 1969) lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1994 and an MFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007. McCarthy has exhibited across America and internationally.  Most recently, she had solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, OH, at SFMoMA as part of the SECA Award show and a two person show at the Berkley Art Museum. McCarthy has received numerous accolades and residencies, most notably from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, Headland Arts Center and New Langton Art, San Francisco. Public collections with works by the artist include: MIMA the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art in Brussels, American Academy of Arts & Letters in New York City, Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA and Oakland Museum of California.

For more information, please contact Silke Lindner-Sutti at silke@jackhanley.com