Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the next exhibition of its 2017 lineup, “The Fantastic Nest,” which features works by Australian artist, Kate McCarthy. The Gallery will host an opening reception Friday, June 2 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The artist will be in attendance.
Human comfort, nesting, and personal expression rely heavily on the use of fabric, design, and their intrinsic tactile qualities. With embroidery at the cornerstone of “The Fantastic Nest,” McCarthy uses stitching as a narrative tool throughout her body of work. Chairs hint at rest, conversation, and repose. The pillowy, fantastical figures are a wonder begging to be squished, touched, and adored. The visceral reactions to her works are representational of all things that are fantastically human.
The exhibition will run June 2 through July 23.
About Kate McCarthy: McCarthy has exhibited all over the world including Germany, England, Australia, and now in Chicago with the inception of “The Fantastic Nest.”
In the past, McCarthy focused her practice purely on painting. However, as of late, the artist has directed her attention to modern soft sculpture and embroidery. McCarthy enjoys incorporating the traditional methods of embroidery into painting to welcome the conversation about the role of technical handicraft within contemporary art.
Visually, both with her paintings and soft sculptures, McCarthy mixes pattern and color to transport the viewer back to deep - rooted memories of comfort and childhood. She utilizes both figurative and abstract styles to achieve this, often calling on a rather illustrative approach.