sue mcnally

Auxiliary Projects


MARCH 21 THROUGH APRIL 27, 2014
SAT AND SUN 1-6 AND BY APPOINTMENT.
2 ST. NICHOLAS AVE. BUSHWICK, NY
Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn, NY  March 2014 


Auxiliary Projects is pleased to present a series of ink on paper self-portraits by Rhode Island-based painter Sue McNally from March 21st through April 27th, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 21st, from 7-9pm. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6pm and by appointment.  

 

Sue McNally is best known for inventive, large-scale landscape paintings that depict the results of far ranging searches for iconic views. In “Middle Ass Bad Age” she presents eight years of studying something closer to home: her own face. As a genre the self-portrait contains both narcissism and introspection, both warm self-indulgence and cold self-appraisal. Although we spend a lifetime in front of the mirror, in front of one another, what does our face reveal of our true selves?
McNally has been drawing herself since she was a teenager and describes her relentless self-depiction as part of the process of solving the problem of who she is. Perhaps these drawings are not entirely unlike the ubiquitous photographs people take of themselves and post to social media* and, though McNally’s process is analog rather than digital, at times she makes a picture almost as quickly as a cameraphone. Over the years this habit of drawing her face--this same, constant, available subject-- has developed into watching herself age and documenting the results in what appear to be the most unflattering ways possible. McNally’s deadpan demeanor and unsparing titles (“Runny Nose," “Call the Doctor!”) brings a spirit of unseriousness and even glee to these works, though the face in the mirror, I mean, portrait almost never smiles.

 

Like the “S” word, these portraits record McNally’s appearance, comportment and lifestyle through the years. In most of the dozens of works McNally depicts only her face, shoulders and hands. In several, we see the daily routine of the artist as she shows herself drinking from a mug; in “Modelo,” her face appears to pop out of a beer can. The titles of her drawings are snap decisions meant as memory aids as much as identifiers. Running the gamut of self-appraisal there is “Handsome Woman” and “Very Intellectual” and “I wish I was Pretty” and “Sad Old Man” and “That Character Actor That Plays a Cop a Lot” and “Ugh.”

 

As much as these works are about their subject they are also about the liberating and impulsive act of drawing itself. As a counterpoint to the large, labor-intensive paintings on which McNally often works for weeks or months, her drawn self-portraits are loose, quick, responsive, unplanned and uncontrolled. McNally focuses on the exercise of the drawing as it unfolds each time. The medium of ink drawing--an additive process of handmade lines, quickly set down and irreversible--matches the contingency and specificity of daily life.

 

*We know there’s a word for that, we simply refuse to use it.

"Bed Head," 2014, ink and gesso on paper, 11 x 15 inches



Locally Made / RISD Museum


Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, November 3, 2013

Upper Farago, Spalter New Media, and Lower Farago Galleries

3 galleries, 300 artists, 4 monthsThe RISD Museum’s first large survey of work from the greater-Providence region in more than 20 years, Locally Made expands across several Museum galleries with multiple components celebrating the rich and diverse talent in the city and nearby communities.

The Museum’s Upper Farago Gallery features about 40 recent acquisitions now in the collection, all created by artists in the region; video works by local filmmakers selected by guest curator Dina Deitsch (Contemporary Art Curator, deCordova Museum) are screened in the Spalter New Media Gallery.

Lower Farago Gallery is transformed into a multifaceted programming space, One Room, where invited artists, designers, performers, and other community members creatively curate, teach, and experiment through a variety of participatory events.


Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery / Salve Regina University


Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery

Salve Regina University

Hello
Please Join me for an opening reception and artist presentation at The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery at Salve Regina University on February 14th , 2013.  Time and location information is listed below. If you can't make it that night, the show will hang through 3/20 so you can stop in any time. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at http://suemcnally.com/contact
Hope to see you and your Valentine!
Sue
 

SUE MCNALLY: DO WHAT YOU MUST DO
FEBRUARY 14TH THROUGH MARCH 20, 2013
 

OPENING RECEPTION:Thursday, February 14TH, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
ARTIST PRESENTATION:Thursday, February 14TH, 6:00-7:00 PM


GALLERY HOURS:
MONDAY CLOSED
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 11:00 TO 6:00
WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY 11:00 TO 5:00
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NOON TO 4:00

DORRANCE H. HAMILTON GALLERY
ANTONE ACADEMIC CENTER
SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY
corner of Lawrence and Leroy Avenue
Newport, RI 0284
PH: 401-341-2981

Deadpan: Charcoal + Gesso on Paper / 45 x 45 inches / 2012
Sachuest: Oil on Canvas / 90 x 90 inches / 2012
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