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Kirk McCarthy: Unbound (moments in the wave field)
Friday, March 3, 2023 - Sunday, April 16, 2023

Kirk McCarthy: Unbound (moments in the wave field)

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 2023 | 6-9pm | Free-To-Attend
Friday, March 3, 2023 – Sunday, April 16, 2023
Presented in Gallery Two

About the Exhibition

Unbound is a field of objects that are offered as condensed ripples in the fabric of everything – raveling and unraveling into form, suggesting and erasing meaning. Presence and absence are both embodied, the generative void and the perpetually changing awareness of things. McCarthy alternately alludes to the comical, wild, sweet, weird, and grotesque in which the fluidity of psychological states (such as repression, expansion, isolation, entanglement, disentanglement) are suggested. Suchness and instability co-exist, materiality and presence intermingle in various configurations. The viewer is invited into a state of immediate experience – the “mirror mind” of Taoism – a state in which whatever you’re observing becomes the subject of consciousness.

About the Artist

Kirk McCarthy is a mixed media sculptor whose work alludes to eccentric systems, unseen forces of nature, and processes in operation that we cannot always perceive; the interconnectedness of things can show up in unpredictable ways. Exploratory use of materials, philosophical quandaries, and the unyielding desire for shared connection drive his work. McCarthy has a BFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts, an MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in Sculpture from University of Washington, and a MID (Masters in Industrial Design) from University of the Arts. Selected exhibitions include: “Topos Gnosis”, “Phase Shifts and Other Probabilities” at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, “Hybrid Vigor,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; “Postmark; An Abstract Effect,” SITE Santa Fe, N.M.; “Flux,” Philadelphia Art Alliance; “Kirk McCarthy,” Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas; “Crazy Beautiful,” Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, N.Y.; “The Authentic Visual Voice,” Rutgers University, Camden, N.J.; “Morph: Meta(Morph)osis and Bio(Morph)ism in Contemporary Sculpture,” Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas; “Simple Things,” Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas. Learn more here.


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