Monday, November 23, 2009

Avery McCarthy Photographs the Sublime of the Everyday

Featured Artist: Avery McCarthy
2010 KiptonART Rising Artist

For the past several years, Avery has been working on two major projects. The first, "There Are No Stars Here", finds Kandinsky-inspired abstract compositions in the artificial lighting of modern cities like New York and Berlin, where the light pollution blocks out all the real stars in the sky. The second, "The Theory of Everything", is directly inspired by Brian Greene's book on String Theory, "The Elegant Universe". This project digitally appropriates conceptual and scientific imagery, creating equivalence between the many different concepts by placing all the images in a black void and printing them in a traditional black and white darkroom. These projects raise and deal with humanity's largest and most epic questions, while creating elegant and contemporary visual art that is only enriched by the project backstory.

Why do you work in this medium? 
I work in this medium because a long time ago I decided to give it a try. I fell in love with making art long after I fell in love with making photographs. I love the process, product, and respect that is associated with photography. After so many years working with the materials, I feel far more comfortable expressing myself with them than any other medium. The act of photographing has become almost like eating or filling a car with gas - sometimes I do it and relish it, other times I do it because I can't not.

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Image: "There Are No Stars Here III," 20 x 20 in., Photography.

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