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September 13, 2003 to December 2, 2003

more exercises in self-pity: Eric McDade

Eric McDade's graphic black paint marker on white panel works are self-referential in their themes and content. Mimicking the aesthetic qualities of graphic cartoon novels, McDade is able to capture a series of events within a single iconic image. In fact, McDade's work can be compared to the graphic details and compositional structure of paintings by artist Roy Lichtenberg.

Exploring the possibilities of story-telling, the events in McDade's narratives-everyday observances or interactions with others--are often depicted within a single metaphorical moment, turning the trivial into a monumental epic.

As McDade states, "one could categorize many of my works as creative non-fiction. And others might be considered non-objective storytelling. Though some might just come forward and call them all lies." Eric McDade received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. He has had solo exhibitions at the Painted Bride Art Center (2002), Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (2002), and has had numerous group exhibitions including: Hopscotch: Associative Leaps in the Construction of Narrative, Painted Bride Art Center (2002); Red Dot 2, Spector Gallery (2001); Buffered, Basekamp Gallery (2001); and Dolls, Nexus Gallery (1999). McDade lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Tags: painting