Installation Views

This is an installation image of 7 Bangers, a solo exhibition by Dan McCarthy in 2019. This is an installation image of 7 Bangers, a solo exhibition by Dan McCarthy in 2019. This is an installation image of 7 Bangers, a solo exhibition by Dan McCarthy in 2019. This is an installation image of 7 Bangers, a solo exhibition by Dan McCarthy in 2019. This is an installation image of 7 Bangers, a solo exhibition by Dan McCarthy in 2019.

Works

This is a sculpture made by American artist Dan McCarthy in 2019 named Banger #6 (Bricktop). The sculpture is made of clay, low fire glaze, gold and silver; and the lustre base is made of patinated steel and wax. The sculpture dimensions are 22 x 17 x 17 inches (55.9 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm); base dimensions are 40 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches(101.6 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm); overall dimensions are 62 x 17 x 17 inches (157.5 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm).This is a sculpture made by American artist Dan McCarthy in 2019 named Banger #6 (Bricktop). The sculpture is made of clay, low fire glaze, gold and silver; and the lustre base is made of patinated steel and wax. The sculpture dimensions are 24 x 17.5 x 17.5 inches (61 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm); base dimensions are 38 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches (96.5 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm); overall dimensions are 62 x 17.5 x 17.5 inches (157.5 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm).This is a sculpture made by American artist Dan McCarthy in 2019 named Banger #5 (Brillo). The sculpture is made of clay, low fire glaze, gold and silver; and the lustre base is made of patinated steel and wax. The sculpture dimensions are 22 x 17 x 17 inches (55.9 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm); base dimensions are 40 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches (101.6 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm); overall dimensions are 62 x 17 x 17 inches (157.5 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm). This is a sculpture made by American artist Dan McCarthy in 2019 named Banger #4 (Bowery). The sculpture is made of clay, low fire glaze, gold and silver; and the lustre base is made of patinated steel and wax. The sculpture dimensions are 24 x 17.25 x 17.25 inches (61 x 43.8 x 43.8 cm); base dimensions are 39 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches (99.1 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm); overall dimensions are 63 x 17.25 x 17.25 inches (160 x 43.8 x 43.8 cm)This is a sculpture made by American artist Dan McCarthy in 2019 named Banger #3 (Boxcar). The sculpture is made of clay, low fire glaze, gold and silver; and the lustre base is made of patinated steel and wax. The sculpture dimensions are 20 x 16.5 x 16.5 inches (50.8 x 41.9 x 41.9 cm); base dimensions are 41 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches (104.1 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm); overall dimensions are 61 x 16.5 x 16.5 inches (154.9 x 41.9 x 41.9 cm). This is a sculpture made by American artist Dan McCarthy in 2019 named Banger #1 (Blowout). The sculpture is made of clay, low fire glaze, gold and silver; and the lustre base is made of patinated steel and wax. The sculpture dimensions are 22 x 16.5 x 16.5 inches (55.9 x 41.9 x 41.9 cm); base dimensions are 40 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches (101.6 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm); overall dimensions are 62 x 16.5 x 16.5 inches (157.5 x 41.9 x 41.9 cm).Banger #2 (Braveheart)

Press Release

Dan McCarthy

7 Bangers

March 15 –
April 20, 2019

For his sixth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, New York artist Dan McCarthy presents a series of new sculptures entitled 7 Bangers

Seven Bangers

This group of seven ceramic sculptures titled Seven Bangers was started in 2016. The Bangers are a linear extension of the Facepots that I began in 2012 and finished in 2017.While the Seven Bangers serve less as vessels in a physical and symbolic sense they double down as proposals for vessels in an emotional sense.

By physically working the Bangers from the inside out as visibly indicated in the poked, pricked and patched surfaces, the physical process of making and marking becomes the artworks subject. Through this hands on and intuitive process the Bangers serve as animistic objects whose function is simply the act of Affirmation. 

The Bangers eye and nose features, poked through by my thumbs from the inside out, serve as windows reiterating the gift of sight and smell. By adorning the Bangers facial features with gold and silver lustre the emotional and spiritual potential of our physical senses become reinforced and reiterated. 

Made from a sandy groggy clay, the satin matte glaze is intentionally over-fired. This over- firing forces the glazed surface into a unique realm like burnished, waxed leather or melted ice-cream on beach sand.

The relationship between the ceramic Banger and the steel base is better understood as something similar to the crows-nest on a ships mast or perhaps a parking meter on a steel post embedded in the sidewalk.

In the case of the crows nest, the parking meter and the Seven Bangers themselves, the base is at the service of a humanistic, physical action where eye level and 360 degree access becomes imperative. 


– Dan McCarthy    
   March 2019

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