Friday, February 29, 2008

A S T R A L B O D I E S / Transfer Paintings by Lisa McCarty

curated by JW Mahoney, assisted by Ellen Tani
Exhibition runs through March 23, 2008

"Sometimes I wait hours, standing alone, but among hundreds of strangers that are too close, and we are all in the dark. Until there is a spotlight, and then silence for a brief moment as there is a collective holding of breath. The anticipation culminates as shadows appear from behind a curtain and turn into figures."

In her first solo exhibition, Lisa McCarty captures the emotional landscape of physical, aural and temporal experience. Embodying the transformation from moment to memory, her photo transfer paintings are at once performative and experienced. Through the pulsing colors and figures of original photographs and layers of mixed media, Lisa chases the fleeting moments of sonic energy and heightened experience that she has lived through the Washington DC music scene in the last four years. Exploring the synapse between present and past, the works translate this transformation in a fusion of photography and painting, mediums whose place in the history of art-making reflects this dialectic. The paintings pursue the reconstructive act of remembering such experiences in a layered collage of sonic, visual and textural memories.

District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-462-7833
Fax: 202-328-7099

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