485 Madison Ave (to the North/left of main entrance) New York, NY (Between 52nd and 51st) Space provided by Jack Resnick & Sons
Nearest Trains: 6, E, M
Open Hours: Monday - Friday, 6 - 9pm, or by appointment. Visible through storefront window 24/7.
"My paintings are about the vulnerable human experience, the beauty and mystery in nature, the light on skin, the loneliness and longings in hidden thoughts, the je ne sais quoi of what makes us love another human being, the reason for our existence on earth." -- Hilary McCarthy
The ocean's beauty, tranquility, light, and vastness are visually and psychologically awe-inspiring for McCarthy. Since the sense of awe is fleeting and hard to describe in words, she captures it with paint. The Weight of Oceans is an investigation of that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.
"We clean our mistakes with the water and start anew, fresh-cleansed and hopeful for tomorrow." Using glazes of paint, McCarthy explores the complexity and abstraction of water. Inspired by the ability of water, which is colorless, to take on so many colors through its interactions with sunlight, moonlight, reefs, and reflections, McCarthy's work explores the sparkles of sun that dance on the water's surface, as well as the navy, teals, greens, and whites of waves.
About the Artist Hilary McCarthy is a contemporary painter living and working in New York City. She holds a BFA in painting from Hartford Art School and and MFA in fine art from New York Academy of Art. She is currently pursuing a BA in Art History from Columbia University. She recently worked as an assistant for artist Jeff Koons and has had residencies in Puglia, Italy; Johnson, VT; and Leipzig, Germany.