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Alicia McCarthy

May 8 – June 9, 2013

Gallery view of several McCarthy abstracts
Gallery view of three abstract McCarthy pieces
Closeup of abstract with rainbow
'There all you' written on gallery walls
Installation view of McCarthy abstracts
Gallery view of wooden sculpture in corner
Gallery view of three abstract paintings
detail of artist made crayon box
Multicolored abstract works on panels
Exhibition Poster

Alicia McCarthy

May 8- Jun 9, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday May 11, 6-8 pm


Jack Hanley Gallery is pleased to present its fifth solo exhibition of works by San Francisco Bay Area artist, Alicia McCarthy.


Alicia McCarthy’s vivid works weave together color, pattern and occasional lyrical or understatedly profound phrases. The artist is a core figure of the Mission School, a movement beginning in the early 1990s in the Mission District of San Francisco. Her ever-honest artworks continue to evolve essential components of the School’s character. The artist is drawn to the discarded. Digesting the city’s landscape, ambivalent everyday items sheared from their original intent are re-appropriated into intimate art objects. Abandoned wood is scouted, and repurposed as a foundation. McCarthy applies found house paint, colored pencil, liquid graphite and spray paint transforming recycled materials into paintings with a lively folk and punk aesthetic

Alicia McCarthy lives and works in Oakland, California where she was born in 1969. Most recently, the artist was the recipient of the 2013 Artadia Award, San Francisco. She received her 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. McCarthy has exhibited her work in New York, California, and internationally and is the recipient of awards from the Headland Arts Center and New Langton Art in San Francisco, California.