Todd McKie: Life is Funny Art is Serious.First Friday, August 2, 2013. Artist’s talk 8/3 @ 1 PM

Carver Hill Gallery (338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine) is pleased to host Todd McKie in the street level solo exhibition “Life is Funny Art is Serious,” opening First Friday, August 2, 2013 from 5 – 8 PM. The artist will be present. The following day, 8/3, the gallery will host an artist’s talk with Todd at 1:00. Todd will discuss his painting, his museum shows and his artist’s residencies. There will be a Q & A immediately following the talk.

Todd McKie has been calling attention to himself with his potent, epigrammatic paintings for over thirty years. His work packs a punch with a scintillating narrative and colors that make you gasp. Todd labors over his palette and composition, often layering backgrounds to look like modern day frescos. Without further study, one might miss the deeper meaning. Titles like ” Seek Shelter Immediately”, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” and “A Proud Tradition” perhaps, can help. Todd’s paintings depict, with wry humor, life’s conundrums. Conversely, they amuse us with the seemingly naïve, pleasurable moments that happen – almost accidentally – when we let our guard down.

Todd’s work grows out of looking at other art, from life, and from lots of drawing. The sources include African, pre-Columbian, Eskimo art (so-called primitive art); and art by untrained artists, children, and people living on sanity’s edge.

Todd McKie "What's Happening Now?" Flashe on Canvas

Todd McKie “What’s Happening Now?” Flashe on Canvas

“Todd McKie’s work, with its stick-figure characters in awkward situations, is easy to chuckle along with, and that makes it easy to pigeonhole. But McKie is a painter to be reckoned with. McKie examines with clear-eyed affection how we strive, only to be tripped up. The colors the artist stirs in his backgrounds often walk the line between florid and lurid, and that adds to the weird blend of happiness and defeat in most of his pictures. If we chuckle, it’s because we see ourselves.” Cate McQuaid


Solo show opens August 2, 2013. Reception with the artist 5 – 8 PM. Artist’s talk Saturday, August 3, 1:00 PM.
Show runs through Tuesday, August 27.

BFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, 1966
Exhibitions: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Grants and Awards: Artist in Residence, Sacatar Foundation, Bahia, Brazil, 2011
Artist in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Artist in Residence, Centre d’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, France
Selected Publications: New York Times, Amy Waldman, Briskly Paced, Tightly Packed
Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid, Pathos in Flatland
Selected Collections: DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA

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