Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Installation view of Dan McCarthy, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2015

Press Release

Press Release

Dan McCarthy
September 19 - October 31, 2015
Opening: Saturday, September 19th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

VENUS
601 South Anderson Street
Los Angeles, CA 90023

(Los Angeles, CA) – VENUS is pleased to present an exhibition of new ceramic sculptures and paintings by Dan McCarthy, on view beginning September 19, 2015.

Representing an exciting evolution upon the artist’s ceramic production of the past few years, the new Facepots on view at Venus Over Los Angeles are the largest McCarthy has created to date, weighing in at over 75 pounds. Beginning with historic examples of vessels, McCarthy quickly moves to a more intimately invested interaction, thoroughly exploring the material and emotional possibilities of wet clay.

The intuitive process in McCarthy’s ceramics is evident within the finished work. Wrestling with massive slabs of wet earthen clay, his rapid technique and composition becomes the work’s subject. Both painted and glazed with gold leaf and low fire lustre, the large facepots radiate a dynamic range of material possibilities, physical existence and emotional depth.

Also on view is a series of new paintings of lightning bolts, clouds and rainbows, whose custom-shaped canvases are akin to homemade surfboards, skateboards, or road signs. Each painting is paired with Haiku-inspired word bubbles that illustrate McCarthy’s California upbringing, with phrases that read “stoned again” and “Huntington Beach”. Layered with scraped oil and spray paint, the immediacy of the paintings is evident, revealing a personalized sense of history with iconic surf-side symbols. Known for his cartoonish, lightly-washed oil and acrylic nudes of men and women with surfboards, skateboards, and guitars, surrounded by rainbows, mountains and other natural elements, McCarthy continues his investigation of the human figure and the human condition with this new body of work.
 

ABOUT DAN McCARTHY

Dan McCarthy (b. 1962, Honolulu, Hawaii) has exhibited his work internationally and throughout the United States, with recent exhibitions including solo presentations at Anton Kern, New York; Shoot the Lobster, New York; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn; Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris; Galerie Gebr.Lehmann, Dresden; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and group exhibitions at Invisible Exports, New York; Venus Over Manhattan, New York; Martos Gallery, New York; MoMA PS1, Long Island City. McCarthy holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please email press@venusovermanhattan.com

Dan McCarthy Beach Fire 2015
Dan McCarthy Bull Kelp 2015
Dan McCarthy Captain Catalina 2015
Dan McCarthy Free Ride 2015
Dan McCarthy Gum Drop 2015
Dan McCarthy Holy Roller, 2015
Dan McCarthy Horseshoe Kelp, 2015
Dan McCarthy Italian Ice 2015
Dan McCarthy Little Switzerland 2015
Dan McCarthy Little Tokyo 2015
Dan McCarthy Pier Rat 2015
Dan McCarthy Sea Weed 2015
Dan McCarthy Solar Flare 2015
Dan McCarthy Sunset Beach 2015
Dan McCarthy X Ray Spex 2015
Dan McCarthy Beach Blvd, 2015
Dan McCarthy California 2015
Dan McCarthy Log Ride 2015
Dan McCarthy Me Me Me 2015
Dan McCarthy Morning Halfday 2015
Dan McCarthy Night Fishing 2015
Dan McCarthy Olympic Auditorium 2015
Dan McCarthy San Francisco 2015
Dan McCarthy Smoke Signals 2015
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