Thursday, August 26, 2010
LEIGH McCARTHY: Wrecked
September 3rd - 5th, 2010
34 Main Street, Nantucket, MA (upstairs gallery)
Opening Reception: Friday September 3
6 - 8PM with Donelan Family Wines
10pm Live Performance
Cavalier Galleries is pleased to present "Wrecked," a solo exhibition of work by Leigh McCarthy. Inspired by summers spent on Nantucket, McCarthy's work evokes a yearning for the sublime. Presenting a constellation of stand-alone pieces, one can not help but have the sense of having stumbled across jetsam, haphazardly washed ashore; each fragment suggesting an unfathomable history, sea-battered, storm-tossed, a beauty that emerges only through trials untold.
Her photographs and prints, as is the case with all of McCarthy's work, display a refined aesthetic, and one that embraces the process of decaying pigments. McCarthy's pieces also explore negative space, suggesting that what is not there can be as evocative as what is: stories untold; disasters unrecorded; pitfalls unseen. Once called a "romantic conceptualist," McCarthy here explores one of the subjects closest to her heart: the tenderness of failure.
Leigh received her MFA from Goldsmiths College in London and currently lives and works in San Francisco. Group exhibitions and projects include Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance; the Getty Center, Los Angeles; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
Click HERE to see the exhibition online.