Our friends over at V1 and Eighteen gallery in Copenhagen, are starting a new season of exhibitions with two solo shows by some of all time favorites – Alicia McCarthy and Barry McGee. Opening simultaneously on August 17th, V1 gallery will be presenting Alicia McCarthy’s second solo show there, while Eighteen gallery will be showcasing Barry McGee’s debut at this space. Neither of the two artists need much introduction here as we’ve featured their works many times on Juxtapoz, including McGee’s SB Mid Summer Intensive currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, or McCarthy’s duo show with Ruby Neri, Matrix 270, also on view at Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA). As one of the key figures of world-renowned Mission School, both artists will be showcasing the current stage of their work evolution that started back in the late ’90s in the alleys of then grimy SF neighborhood.
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Alicia McCarthy will be introducing a new series of her energetic colorful works that are mixing both different techniques and diverse visuals, regularly painted on found objects. Her signature rainbow elements are often done with unusual techniques, and are clashing with accidental or purposeful spraypaint or paint spills, all of it representing her spontaneous and intuitive creative practice. Mixing abstract gestures along with occasional lyrical phrases, done with house paint, coloured pencil, liquid graphite and spray paint, her works have the indisputable feel of folk, DIY and punk aesthetic It’s her interest in repurposing the unwanted items as well as painting materials, that connects to her unique way of digesting the city’s landscape and creating intimate art objects from otherwise ambivalent everyday artefacts.
Previewing Barry McGee’s show is close to impossible cause although his aesthetic and mixture of techniques and mediums are unmistakable, it’s the unpredictable and spontaneous installation of his work that makes it impossible to know how the show will look like. Often growing organically over the walls, floors, and ceilings of the exhibition space, he is including everything from paintings, ceramics, drawings, books, plants, photography, sculptures, found objects, works by other artists, all the way to zines or surfboards, into his immersive exhibitions. The two preview pieces are showing his signature cluster works that are intertwining his geo-based pattern works along with signature characters, but we won’t know until the opening day what the rest of the Little Savage show will look like. —Sasha Bogojev