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Caitlin McCormack: See You All In There

Posted on February 05 2019


Caitlin McCormack: See You All In There
Exhibition Dates: February 22 - April 13, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22 • 5:30 – 10:00pm


Caitlin McCormack, Paradigm Gallery
Caitlin McCormack, "Pieces (After Maniac)", 2019, 17”h x 29”w x 4”d, crocheted cotton string, glue, enamel paint, wire, vintage fabric, antique tools

Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present See You All In There, an exhibition of new mixed media works by the Philadelphia-based artist Caitlin McCormack. The exhibition, marking McCormack's fourth solo presentation with the gallery, will open on February 22, and remain on view through April 13, 2019. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, February 22, from 5:30 to 10pm.

Integrating experimental mediums, including cotton string, vintage fabric, ornate beaded objects and found materials, McCormack's new series of sculptures explore a breadth of personal and public themes, topical issues ranging from privacy and mental health, to social media and the heartbreaking stories resultant of harsh immigration policies.

Less delicate than previous works, her complex sculptural abstractions feature headless torsos, animal-like creatures, anthropomorphic forms, fortress and church-like structures, as well as paintings rendered on books and original sketches.

Illustrating the artist's highly personal visual style, McCormack's see-through lace works epitomize the condition of being observed by the state or disturbed by other people, an outside world capable of inflicting harm. Deftly mining the threats of contemporary society, her skillfully-rendered, skeletal creatures appear isolated and vulnerable, far away from other places or people, looking for a place to hide—solitary, otherworldly figures seeking to protect their privacy.

Inducing feelings of isolation and estrangement, which manifest in a society where there is great suffering and injustice, McCormack's startlingly macabre subject matter serves as a metaphor for the interiority of the individual, particularly the artist herself, and the reproach directed inward from self-accusation.

With dark tropes expressing a grotesque surreality, McCormack's disturbing depictions of death reflect a dystopian vision portending a nightmare, leaving the viewer to experience feelings of unease.

Portraying the fears and anxieties and the suspicions and doubts associated with a lack of security, McCormack's abstracted sculptures, part-human and part-animal, give tangible form to the psychological brutality and overwhelming anxiety of an increasingly disquieting modern world.

Caitlin McCormack: See You All In There
February 22 – April 13, 2019

February 22, 2019 • 5:30 – 10:00pm

Friday, March 22, 2019 • 5:30 – 10:00pm

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: / (267)266-0073

Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147

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About Caitlin McCormack
Caitlin McCormack received a BFA in Illustration in 2010 from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. McCormack has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Select gallery exhibitions include Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo; Last Rites Gallery, NYC; Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans; Spoke Art, San Francisco; Jonathan Levine Projects, Jersey City; Antler Gallery, Portland; Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn; La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles; Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia; Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, amongst others. Her work has been presented in several museum shows include The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke; The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn; and The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia; as well as Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk NL.

About Paradigm Gallery
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

Media Contact:
Lainya Magaña, A&O PR 347 395 4155


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