Oakland based artist Alicia McCarthy is currently on view at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York until June 9th. If you are in New York make time to stop by to see her 5th solo show at the gallery before it’s to late. Jack Hanley Gallery was one of the most influential galleries in the Bay Area until he moved back to focus on his space in New York. His programming was inspirational to many Bay Area art enthusiasts and was one of the few central artistic spaces in the Mission District in San Francisco.
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.
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