18 Wooster Street
Deitch Projects presented One More Thing, a museum-scale exhibition of new work by Barry McGee. Deitch Projects was the third venue of a project that began at the Rose Art Museum in April 2004 with an exhibition curated by Raphaela Platow, and proceeded to Melbourne Australia in November 2004 with a project curated by John Kaldor. Barry McGee worked cumulatively folding one body of work into the next.
The vitality and chaos of the street were always present in Barry McGee’s exhibitions. The visitor was greeted by overturned trucks, overflowing dumpsters, and dozens of discarded Thunderbird and Night Train bottles. Animated drawings flickering on piles of television sets surrounded by hundreds of geometrically painted panels created a cacophonic environment. McGee brought his own world into the gallery: his community of friends (an important presence in the exhibition through photos, drawings, mannequins, and their active participation in the installation process itself), the haunting presence of hobos and outcasts, whose sagging faces appeared on the walls or covered empty bottles, the cast-off material from the street where graffiti artists went out to leave their marks.
The ills of contemporary urban life, with its burden of homelessness, addiction, and social inequalities, was felt in McGee’s installations. The intuitive manner in which the artist worked on-site celebrated the act of making and the philosophy of a “do-it-yourself” culture. McGee’s installations incarnated the artist’s very personal response to the mass-produced advertising, corporate logos, and inescapable billboards that bombard us in the consumer society we live in.
McGee’s street art first appeared under his tag Twist in the 1980s on the walls and tunnels of San Francisco. McGee draws on a variety of influences, ranging from Mexican muralist painting, San Francisco Beat poets, and pivotal artistic forefathers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Philip Guston. Interwoven with his large scale graphics and comic-strip works are found materials such as empty bottles, discarded syringes, abandoned cars, old sheet metal, and other fragments from the street, remade into sculptural installations. The artist’s sad-eyed characters, painted as large-scale figures on the walls or as miniature versions on his found objects, voice the burden of deep existential uncertainty in a culture organized around economic and ethnic inequality.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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