Profile

Kirk McCarthy
Senior Lecturer
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA, University of Washington
MID, The University of the Arts
BFA, California College of the Arts

Kirk McCarthy is a sculptor with a BFA in Ceramics from the California College of Arts, an MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, and a MID (Masters in Industrial Design) from the University of the Arts.

Artist Statement:
Everything in the world operates and exists in relation to other things: one thing's existence, and often its form, is determined either by its environment or by forces that originate elsewhere and act upon it. My work alludes to eccentric systems, unseen forces of nature, and processes in operation that we cannot always perceive; the interconnectedness of things can show up in the strangest of ways. The concept of Emergence, in which patterns naturally occur throughout the man-made world as well as the natural world, is something that I find fascinating and informative. The study of Emergent systems (weather patterns, animal and insect behavior, traffic patterns, recommender architecture, etc.) by scientists and sociologists, is providing a deeper understanding of our place in the world. In my work the unseen implications are as important as the objects themselves. Innovations of materials, conceptual adventures, and a love of the physical continue to inspire me.

Selected Exhibitions:
"Hybrid Vigor," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; "Postmark; An Abstract Effect," SITE Santa Fe, N.M.; "Flux," Philadelphia Art Alliance; "Kirk McCarthy," Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas; "Crazy Beautiful," Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, N.Y.; "The Authentic Visual Voice," Rutgers University, Camden, N.J.; "Morph: Meta(Morph)osis and Bio(Morph)ism in Contemporary Sculpture," Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas; "Simple Things," Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas.

Residencies:
Core Fellow resident at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre, Canada; Artist in Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Oregon; Artist in Residence at the Hambidge Center, Georgia.

Selected Catalogs/Reviews:
"Core 25 Anniversary Catalog," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; "Postmark: An Abstract Effect," SITE Santa Fe; "Hybrid Vigor," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; "The Art to Come: 159 Artists," Paco Barragan; Art in America, review, July 1998.


Class Schedule, Fall 2014

M,TH08:30AM - 11:20AMObject/Environment
M,TH01:00PM - 03:50PMObject/Environment

Contact Info

Office: Anderson Hall 3RD
Tel: 215-717-6210
Fax: 215-717-6218