Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Mary Bucci McCoy
Beverly MA US
Updated: 2017-03-18 09:59:53


I approach paintings as focalizing, multivalent sites for connection, interaction, and relationship. I use non-objective painting to subtly address philosophical and existential questions of presence and experience through resolutely material interrogation. My work originates with intuitive questions or curiosity rather than with a preconceived idea. I work with a broad range of acrylic materials on rectilinear and oval panels, and I am indebted to my early training and experience with the materials, processes, craft and history of ceramic sculpture: based on that, I have developed idiosyncratically skilled ways of working with acrylic paints that explore and exploit their inherent, unique properties. The panels are sealed, gessoed and sanded smooth in preparation for the ground. I work within the space of a monochromatic smooth, matte ground which is a visible part of the finished work. In some instances the marks occur on the dry ground over time, in others they occur concurrently with the ground, the ground serving as liquid matrix. The making of my work demands the reconciliation of contemplation and decisiveness, action and stillness, stasis and flow, movement and arrest, intention and acceptance. It investigates painting as porous, radical, profoundly physical evidence of human presence and facture in the context of an evolving relationship to place, time and the body. I find resonance between my work and the experimental musical work of John Cage, choreography of Deborah Hay, and sound work of Bill Fontana. 

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