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ART TOUR - Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at 01:30 PM — 02:30 PM

ART TOUR - MCASB Barry McGee - artwork - 20181003 - image from website 3 MCASB installation view

Members: $10  
Non-Members: $11

PRIVATE TOUR of the exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee featuring a sprawling installation of paintings, drawings, and sculptural objects ranging from vessels to surfboards. 

McGee embraces improvisation as a guiding principle, finding a balance between chaos and meticulous attention to detail. Drawings and sculptures are juxtaposed against found objects, ephemera, and works by other artists.

Come tour this amazing place with us!

https://www.mcasantabarbara.org

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ART TOUR - MCASB Barry McGee - artwork - 20181003 - image from website 2 Barry McGee
ART TOUR - MCASB Barry McGee - artwork - 20181003 - image from website 1 Barry McGee

Excerpt from MCASB press release:

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is pleased to present Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive, a solo exhibition featuring a sprawling installation of paintings, drawings, and sculptural objects by San Francisco, CA-based artist Barry McGee. McGee embraces improvisation as a guiding principle in his work, finding a balance between chaos and meticulous attention to detail. Constellations and groupings of drawings and sculptures are juxtaposed against found objects, ephemera, and collected works by other artists.

McGee’s multilayered imagery is born out of elements of the urban experience, including issues of identity, homelessness, and pointed critiques on consumerism and commercialism. Emblematic characters appear slumped and droopy-eyed, whose faces shift with wistful and sullen expressions. Framed drawings of these faces hang alongside candid photography and patterned graphics in an immense “boil” that bulges from the wall, creating a visual wave of energy that permeates throughout the Museum.

In this expansive exhibition, the old is interlaced with the new. Rather than highlighting individual works, McGee has produced an environment at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara that immerses visitors into decades’ worth of McGee’s practice. The resulting display is best characterized by its spontaneous, perpetual evolution.

It is in this realm that McGee also pays tribute to the Santa Barbara community. Elements of surfing history are threaded throughout the exhibition, including a gallery dedicated to surfing legend Reynolds Yater. Surfboards shaped by Yater are stacked floor to ceiling accompanied by photographs from the surfer’s personal archives. 2018 Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductee Herbie Fletcher and his wife Dibi Fletcher have also contributed works to the exhibition.

McGee’s attention to community extends to the “L. Fong Healing Arts Centre,” two rooms paying homage to local artists and McGee’s friends, who were invited to contribute to the space. Well-worn couches and vintage lamps become part of the landscape in what feels more like a crowded basement living room than a gallery. The flicker of stacked TVs play home video footage shot on McGee’s personal travels and surfing trips, in addition to films shot by professional surfers.

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