Exposition. Kirk MCCARTHY and Jackie TILESTON: Hybrid Vigor
02 mai 1996 - 14 juillet 1996
USA, Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum
[ Kirk McCarthy and Jackie Tileston are artists who have chosen to look at things on the bright side, literally and figuratively. A sculptor and a painter, both artists combine vibrant color with an organic form of abstraction to create works that are beautiful, stimulating, even transcendental. Color can be a powerful force and both artists have chosen to unleash its physiological, psychological and cultural might. Their works play upon our senses, our emotional associations with certain colors, and our conventional disdain for bright color. Like such artists as Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, McCarthy and Tileston use abstraction and color to engage our inner world of emotions, convictions, obsessions and fascinations.
The exhibition title, Hybrid Vigor, is derived from a technical term defined as the development of increased strength and other superior qualities by cross-breeding geneticaly different plants or animals. McCarthy and Tileston have each developed a signature iconography of unusual organic hybrids that conveys such an energy. Metaphorically, this vigor is intensified by their combination of fervent color with abstraction. The intent of this exhibition is to create another form of "hybrid vigor" by bringing the work of these two artists together.
Detroit, Michigan, USA, 1963-