Kirk McCarthy is a mixed media sculptor whose work alludes to eccentric systems, unseen forces of nature, and processes in operation that we cannot always perceive; the interconnectedness of things can show up in unpredictable ways.  Innovative use of materials, conceptual adventures, and physical experimentation drive his work.

Kirk McCarthy has a BFA in Ceramics from the California College of Arts, an MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, and a MID (Masters in Industrial Design) from the University of the Arts. His most recent exhibition was “Liminal Systems” at TandM Arts in Philadelphia; selected exhibitions include "Hybrid Vigor," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; "Postmark; An Abstract Effect," SITE Santa Fe, N.M.; "Flux," Philadelphia Art Alliance; "Kirk McCarthy," Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas; "Crazy Beautiful," Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, N.Y.; "The Authentic Visual Voice," Rutgers University, Camden, N.J.; "Morph: Meta(Morph)osis and Bio(Morph)ism in Contemporary Sculpture," Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas; "Simple Things," Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas.

 

KIRK McCARTHY                                                                           kirkmccarthy1@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION                       

2004               M.I.D., University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1993                        M.F.A., Sculpture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1989                        M.F.A., Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1985                B.F.A., Ceramics, California College of Arts and Crafts,Oakland, CA

1981-83            Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit, MI

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016            Phase Shifts and Other Possibilities, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

 2014            Kirk McCarthy: Liminal Systems, TandM Arts, Philadelpia, PA

2003            Flux, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA  

1998            Recent Work, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

1996            Kirk McCarthy and Jackie Tileston: Hybrid Vigor, Perspectives Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum,                                  Houston, TX

1995            Introductions 1995, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

1991            Recent Work, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR

1990            Kirk McCarthy - Sculpture, JPL Building, Banff Alberta, Canada

1987            New Work, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

 

PROJECTS

 2012         Design and execution of artwork for the International project Atacama Cosmology Telescope and        ACTPol Cryogenic Camera, Atacama Desert, Chile, in collaboration with Jackie Tileston and University of Pennsylvania Astronomy and Physics department.

 GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016            CAMD Faculty Exhibition at the Kimmel Center, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

2015            With For and Against, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA                 

2011            Crazy Beautiful II, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

2010            The Authentic Visual Voice, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, Nj

                      Crazy Beautiful II, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, NY

2009            Faculty Show, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2008            Core 25 Anniversary Benefit, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (Catalogue)

2007            Group Show, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                      Crazy Beautiful, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, NY

                      Faculty Show, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2006            Site Unseen, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2005            Sublime American Design, New York, NY

2004            Industrial Design, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                      Sublime American Design, New York, NY

2000            LIMP: an exhibition of sculpture in non-rigid media, Bruce Maudlin MFA Gallery, Houston, TX

                      Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

1999            PostMark: An Abstract Effect, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (Catalog)

                     Gallery Artists, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

1998            Organic Produce, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX

                      A Cool Show, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX

                      New Work: Gallery Artists, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

                      Lemonade, Wells Fargo Plaza Lobby Gallery, Houston, TX

                      A posteriori, Charles Uniform Tango, Dallas, TX

1997            New Work: Gallery Artists, Inman Gallery, Houston, Tx

                      Morph: Meta(Morph)osis and Bio(Morph)ism in Contemporary Sculpture, curated by Frances Colpitt,                                     Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TX

1995            Seductive Surfaces, Sally Sprout Gallery, Houston, TX

                     Simple Things, curated by Joan Davidow, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX(catalogue)   

                     Core Fellows Exhibition, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX(catalogue)

                     Sight Unseen, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Grenoble, France

1994            Small Objects, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

                    Core Fellows Exhibition, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX(Catalogue)

1993            Sortie, The Henry Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992            Summer Selections, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1991            Works in Progress, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

                    McCarthy and Stoddard, Reuben Sanders Gallery, Wichita, KS

1990            Banff Artists, The Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1989            Key, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Center, Alberta, Canada

                     Artists in Residence, The Other Gallery, the Banff Center, Alberta, Canada

                    M.F.A. Show, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1988            Woods Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1987            Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

                     Pulse, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

1993-95         Core Fellowship Residency, Museum ofFine Arts, Houston, TX

1992             Provost Initiative Teaching Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1991             Artist in Residence Fellowship, Hambidge Gap, Rabun, GA

1990             Artist in Residence Fellowship, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR

1989-90      Artist in Residence Fellowship, The Banff Center, Banff, Alberta, Canada

 1988            Award of Excellence, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence,RI

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 2014         June in Chinatown, The Artblog, Roberta Fallon, June 15th

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2008           Core 25 Anniversary Catalog, Museum ofFine Arts, Houston; Alison Greene, Tom Lawson, Lane                                  Relyea, Claire Barliant, Joseph Havel, Peter Marzio, photo

2007                        Roberta Fallon, “Breezy Does It”, Philadelphia Weekly,July 11, 2007

 2001               The Art to Come: 159 Artists, Paco Barragan, pp. 192,193, photos

 1999              Whitney, Kathleen, "Postmark: An Abstract Effect", World Sculpture News, spring 1999, p. 78

                          Clemmer, David, "Group Show, Postmark: An Abstract Effect", THE magazine, p. 49

                          Collins, Tom, "Art Outa SITE", Geronimo, May, p. 17, Lopez, Antonio, "Site Santa Fe", Arte                                                     Contemporary, Summer, p. 16, photo

1998                Colpitt, Frances, review, Art in America, July, p.102-103, photo

                       Tyson, Janet, "Cool rules: artworks that say, when in doubt, chill", Arlington Star Telegram, Star Time                               Aug. 7-13 (photo)

                          Tyson, Janet, "Cool in the Abstract", Arlington Star Telegram, Aug. 13th, p. 1C

                           Massey, Annabelle, "For Art's Sake", The Met, Aug. 12th

                           "Eight Days", Fort Worth Weekly, Aug. 6-13th, photo

                          Rees, Christina, "Driven to Abstraction", The Dallas Observer,  Aug. 27-Sep. 2, p.

                            Schnellenbach-Bogle, Stacy, "Cool Enough",  Fort Worth Weekly, Aug. 20-17, p. 22

                            Rankin, Jennifer, Arlington Morning News,  Aug. 8, pg. (photo)

                             Daniel, Mike, "Simply Cool", the Dallas Morning News, Aug. 7, p.

                             Rees, Christina, "The Corporate Curator", Dallas Observer,May 7, pl. 66

                              Hicks, Alice, "Curious tactile and visual pleasures: Kirk McCarthy and Cynthia Lin, Public News,

                            April  8, p. 8

1997                  Anspon, Catharine, "Many Voices, Many Rooms", Public News,July 16, pp. 16-19

                          Kutner, Janet, "Artworks Poke Fun at Their Antecedents", The Dallas Morning News, February 24,

                            p.  19

1996                 Diaz, Alejandro, "In Vogue", Artlies, Vol. 10, April-June 1996, p. 32

                          Johnson, Patricia, "Energy and Color mark CAM exhibit, The Houston Chronicle, June 25, p.1D (photo)

                          Goddard, Dan, "Morph soften Blue Star's hard edges", The San Antonio Express News, February 18,

                           p.6 (photo)

                          Freeman, David, "I Meta Morph on the Bio", Voices of Art, Vol. 4 No. 1 March/April p. 10-13 (photo)

                          Boydstun, Steven, "Morph or Less",  Voices of Art, Vol. 4 No. 1, March/April, p. 18-21 (photo)

1995                 Davidson, Brett, "Kirk McCarthy", Circa CA., fall 1995, pp. 36-37(photo)

                          Davenport, Bill, "Houston: Kirk McCarthy at Inman Gallery", Artlies, August/September, p. 24-25

                         Mitchell, Charles Dee, "Three Views of Art Outside New York", Dallas Morning News, April 22, p. 1C, 3C

                         Chadwick, Susan, "Fellows Shine in Glassell's Core 1995", The Houston Post, March 31, pp. D1-D6