WS & CSSC, Drawings and Paintings

26 May — 16 July 2017

One of the most influential voices in contemporary multimedia presents ongoing projects.

Paul McCarthy, one of the most provocative and influential voices in multimedia, sculpture and performance art, represents in his paintings the latest iteration of two major ongoing projects within his multidisciplinary practice: White Snow and Stagecoach.

In both series, archetypal American narratives are pitched against human drives and desires, and examined with McCarthy’s characteristic wit and subversion.

Informed by his own tradition of improvised performance, scatological performative practices are played out on the canvas in a charged, gestural painting style motivated by material experimentation and psychological processes.

McCarthy employs collage throughout these paintings, uniting a host of seemingly unconnected reference material such as ripped fragments of high-fashion magazines, images sourced from the Internet and three-dimensional objects like a coffee table.

Within these works, McCarthy expertly weaves the history of painting with contemporary motifs in dramatic scenes that expose latent desire and exploit the uncomfortable space where childhood innocence meets adult knowledge.