Straws (screen 1), 2014
Tired Flags (screen 2), 2014
Python Braids (screen 3), 2014
Video, LCD Screens, Skewers, Targets
(wax rubbing on paper)
29.25 x 17.25 x inches each
I don't think I was prepared to be this confused by the works presented here. I suppose I should't be surprised on account of such a large and sprawling group show, but what I'm actually talking about are specific details that would situate and, potentially, clarify the work I considered more carefully here (and have hope for).
As a (mis)perception of time, McCarthy's work makes no mention of running time despite it's obvious usage and exploitation of time-based media (moving video images) for painterly concerns; objects are mounted on the wall and surfaces are called into question as a primary focus. If neglecting the fourth dimension in thought was not enough of a let down, so was the lack of mention of a third. So, then is the "art" the punctured paper with the rest of it (framing devices)? Whatever the case, I took the grouping as a whole, a wall installation on account of the spent casings on the floor unifying the visual field. The relationship between the holes and the spent bullets seemed straightforward enough to reinforce such thinking. To separate these works and leave trash from the working process beneath the surface and on the floor is just tacky, and not in a good way. On the plus side, I did like thinking about media and opacity. Clearly, there was enough of both here.