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sculpture for the home

The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present in the project room an exhibition titled sculpture for the home. This will be Gerard McCarthy’s first exhibition with the gallery.

It consists of group monochromatic stoneware sculptures modest in scale. The plastic identity of raw clay is transmuted to the rocky nature of its mineral character without a glaze decoration. The stoneware is fired to a high temperature but the process retains the simple technology of heat in a confined space. It is impossible to erase the memory of the hand-built in the work. Hence the rounded corners and soft edges provide a lived-in character to the architectural structures created by McCarthy. The small scale invites a contraction in the viewer; where physical size is imagined small enough to enter into the diminutive spaces.

A group of linear forms titled dancers on a plane suggest figures in a flowing yet precarious pose. This group is the only work large enough in scale to be directly on the floor whereas the smaller works are on shelves or pedestals.

Gerard McCarthy studied at Goldsmiths College, London and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He started his curatorial career at The Brooklyn Museum and has since organized many exhibitions for non-profit organizations including Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts for which he organized Towards a Society for All Ages: World Artists at the Millennium in 1999 at the United Nations. In addition, he has written numerous catalogue essays as well as articles for various publications including Art in America. He has worked with clay for many years. Gerard McCarthy has most recently exhibited at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Skoto Gallery/New York and at Galleria Punto G, Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy.

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Date

Jan 05 - Feb 09, 2019

Contact

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Installation view of sculpture for the home

Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York

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Installation view of sculpture for the home

Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York

Artworks

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dancers on a plane

marker

monstrance

multiplex

platform

precarity

tent

vernacular

grosstopical II

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Gerard McCarthy > <

dancers on a plane

marker

monstrance

multiplex

platform

precarity

tent

vernacular

grosstopical II

numerical

Artists