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September 13, 2003 to December 2, 2003

Flux: Kirk McCarthy

Kirk McCarthy's flattened wall sculptures are molded from urethane rubber. Often hung vertically, they immediately call to reference the properties of two-dimensional painting, yet their slight segregation from the wall, as well as the texture and form of these sculptures, derivate from formal conditions of the flat surface. McCarthy experiments with the process of using latex to create what the artist has termed "frozen events." These works indeed speak of stillness, capturing a moment in the process of creation, defined by its shape and of the beauty found in the use of pure translucent color. Brett Davidson, director of Iman Gallery in Houston states, "McCarthy's forms act as ciphers of an invisible impulse that drives the moon's phases and the sea's strange and rhythmic undulations. These same impulses create forest fires, ice storms, and the varied eruptions of plant life, and the myriad movements of nature's systems."

McCarthy received his MFA in sculpture at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1993. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (1998 and 1995), Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (1996), Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR (1991), the JPL Building, Banff, Alberta, Canada (1990) and San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (1987). Recent group exhibitions include: Postmark: An Abstract Effect, SITE, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (1999); Hands On Color, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA (1998); A posteriori, Charlie Uniform Tango, Dallas, TX (1998); Organic Produce, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX (1998); A Cool Show, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX (1998); and Morph: Meta(Morph)osis and Bio(Morph)ism in Contemporary Sculpture, curated by Frances Colpitt, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TX (1996).

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