Lynn McCarty

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Black Loop with Sprig, 2007 Oil On Aluminum 23 X 26 In © Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery
Lynn McCarty

520 W. 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
January 12th, 2008 - February 13th, 2008
Opening: January 12th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

212 966 6676
Tue-Sat 10-6

This is Lynn McCarty’s first solo show in five years and represents a leap forward for her. Still formal and what the artist terms “old-fashioned,” addressing issues of composition, line, color and texture, the paintings are infused with a new atmosphere. Gone are the veils of color replaced by bolder statements. White is used throughout the new pieces as color or shape, as background or foreground. White is the layer McCarty uses to build up the surface of each of her paintings, before adding other colors. The artist says of the new works, “there are no rules for these paintings, I am consistently inconsistent.” In each work she strives for something new, something challenging, some different visual vibration.

McCarty’s paintings range in scale from 12x12 to 60x60 inches. In each format the artist explores the dialogue of form within the parameters of the panel with command and grace, also showing a few non-square works of both horizontal and vertical format. While she approaches each piece as a “broad visual statement,” each is filled with naturally formed events suspended in moments of evolution, not unlike nature’s surprising geological wonders. Some paintings are edgy, containing amoeboid-like shapes quivering in a pool of limpid color, while others are radiant, appearing to emanate light from within, and finally some works have the merest suggestion of form, a whisper of shapes by the artist, a conversation between figure and ground. McCarty is more interested in “forming a form” than in describing a form, more interested in edges and contrasts. Edges are important--hard, soft or in relief, created by cutting through paint, which she pours, in thick shapes, perhaps a comment on human boundaries.
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