LMAKgallery is pleased to present Outdoor Voices by Doreen McCarthy in the gallery’s backyard
space. Making use of the unique space and environment in an urban setting, and using the differing
elevation to showcase her sculptural floating form. Suspended between the adjacent walls the floating
forms with contrasting colors, set off against the brick tones and seem to float in the sky becoming
both subversive and sublime. McCarthy’s sculpture emphasizes the centrality of form that inhabits and
transforms the space they occupy.
Reacting with and against the gravitational force, they all deal with real and imagined space, weight
and weightlessness, illusion and reality. All of these aspects converge in our experience of the works.
Doreen McCarthy’s sculptures act as a kind of exchange that involves contemporary understandings
of shape and the luster of non-traditional materials. The material crosses kitsch with technical
execution and visual elegance expanding an awareness of the time based nature of space that
resonates far beyond its origins.
The medium shares a sensual effect as the lines and forms imply movement and a balance between
illusion and reality. The effect of moving around the sculptures changes the way the viewer
experiences elements of interior and exterior renegotiating the work in a new way. Physically shifting
the scale, material and site alters the subjectivity of the viewer’s experience of these sculptures
oriented to the human body and beyond.
Doreen McCarthy is a sculptor based in New York City whose work has been exhibited in the United
States, Europe, China and Japan since 1985. Throughout her career she has received grants,
awards and residencies as, Edward Albee Foundation to Santa Fe Art Institute and Gropiusstadt in
Berlin. She has had numerous solo projects including Heskin Contemporary, NY; Galerie Junger,
Shanghai, China; Indiana University Institute of Art and Design and the foyer of a Philip Johnson
building in Berlin, Germany to name a few.