Kim McCarty
Purple Hand on Cheek, 2017
Watercolor on paper
19 1/2h x 23 1/2w in
49.53h x 59.69w cm
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Kim McCarty
Brown/Multi Reclining - Small, 2017
Watercolor on paper
15 x 22 in (38.10 x 55.88 cm)
Kim McCarty
Purple Reclining - Small, 2017
Watercolor on paper
15 x 22 in (38.10 x 55.88 cm)
Kim McCarty
Brown/Pink Magenta Reclining - Small, 2017
Watercolor on paper
15 x 22 in (38.10 x 55.88 cm)
Kim McCarty
Orange Flowers, 2017
Watercolor on paper
22 x 30 in (55.88 x 76.20 cm)
Kim McCarty
Dripping Hair, 2017
Watercolor on paper
75 x 44 1/2 in (190.50 x 113.03 cm)
Kim McCarty
Blue / Herbs, 2017
Watercolor on paper
22 x 15 in (55.88 x 38.10 cm)
Kim McCarty
Purple - Male, 2017
Watercolor on paper
22 x 15 in (55.88 x 38.10 cm)
Kim McCarty
Male Nude, 2017
Watercolor on paper
77 x 44 1/2 in (195.58 x 113.03 cm)
Kim McCarty
Untitled Nude, 2017
Watercolor on paper
80 x 44 in (203.20 x 111.76 cm)
Kim McCarty
Untitled, 2017
Watercolor on paper
44 1/5 x 88 1/2 in (112.27 x 224.79 cm)
Kim McCarty
Untitled, 2017
Watercolor on paper
42 x 29 in (106.68 x 73.66 cm)
Kim McCarty
Green - Male, 2017
Watercolor on paper
30 x 22 in (76.20 x 55.88 cm)
Kim McCarty
Looking Over Shoulder, 2017
Watercolor on paper
30 x 22 in (76.20 x 55.88 cm)
Kim McCarty
Blue Reclining - Small, 2017
Watercolor on paper
15 x 22 in (38.10 x 55.88 cm)

Kim McCarty

New Work

October 26 – December 9, 2017

           

            Kim McCarty’s obsession with watercolor and its ephemerality as a medium began when the artist’s home and studio burned down in a massive wildfire in 1993. Since then, each McCarty painting is the result of many attempts at securing an image that reads as both static and transitory. The artist’s process of working wet-into-wet on loose sheets of watercolor paper laid out across the floor forces her to grapple with forms that might disappear or disintegrate at any moment, inviting a perpetual renegotiating and reimagining of her subject through the liquidity of pigment suspended in water.

 

            Ever-present are McCarty’s favorite subjects (the nude, the botanical), but these new works point more overtly to art history, especially iconic Classical imagery. Such symbols inform and expound upon McCarty’s longstanding interest in ideas of youth, beauty, longing, and the ideal. Here, bodies past and present come together, inviting questions of how historical male and female selves might relate to the transforming gender identities of today. Flowers and buds suggest another play on gender, while the Cannabis plant hints at an underlying dreamlike thread of narratives.

 

            The artist describes her desire (if not compulsion) to create and recreate an image as “a means to control all that is so intangible.” Such is the spirit of this exhibition, where the evanescent meets the material. Morgan Lehman is delighted to present these works in the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

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