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Alicia McCarthy

December 19, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Gallery view of McCarthy exhibition
Gallery view of McCarthy installation
Gallery view of McCarthy exhibition
Gallery view of small red abstract works and larger painting
Gallery view of installation
Gallery view of installation
Gallery view of McCarthy installation
Geometric abstract piece with interwoven colored lines
Close up of small abstract work with rainbow on bottom
Small abstract work with rainbow on bottom
Large abstract work on four wood panels with rainbow
Abstract yellow work with blue lines
Graphite work with 'Alicia McCarthy 2019' inscribed
Red geometric painting on wood
Abstract work with colored blocks and grey background
Abstract work with rainbow on paper

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 Berkeley 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.

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