A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Past Sculpture Present Drawing, a solo exhibition by Louise McCagg comprised of sculptures and drawings created between the 1980’s and the present. The exhibition aims to provide the viewer with an opportunity to explore dierent aspects of the artist’s practice.
Among the diverse groups of work in the exhibition we can find small-sized, cast aluminum sculptures that were made during the 1980s. These figures were used by the artist as a site of experimentation through which she could explore movements and positions of the body.
Another group of works is that represented by three cast paper sculptures that were produced in the 1990s. During those years McCagg developed a unique technique to cast sculptures on paper that gradually reduced the size of the original figure but maintained all its recognizable features. The three paper sculptures presented in the exhibition were molded after the artist’s own body and through the repetition of the process she arrived to the desired size and result. As with many of her pieces the material aspect plays a trick on the viewer and while at first glance these casts remind us of the petrified bodies in Pompeii, a closer look reveals their true materiality: pigmented paper mixtures.
Writing in The New York Times, the critic Michael Brenson spoke of Louise McCagg's work as Bruegelesque -- "quirky, troubling [and] oracular." McCagg’s signature sculptures take on an impression of the otherworldly. The particularity of her method resides in generating a figure that is both alien to us, and so rooted in humanity that it brings out the commonality between diverse cultures – the body.
A third group of works is formed by past and present drawings. On one hand studies drawn prior to the execution of sculptures - full of color and detail - in order to analyze future volumes. On the other, a series of drawings from the past two years that express her feelings of disorientation and uncertainty, the consequence of Parkinson’s disease, and reinforce the sense of cultural disorientation that spans throughout her oeuvre.