Carter & Citizen is proud to present “David McDonald: Self Portraits”. The exhibition opens January 7th and closes February 18th, 2012. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 7th, from 6 to 9pm.

David McDonaldʼs newest body of work is his most personal to date. These mid-size abstract sculptures (all self portraits) sit grounded with a central cylindrical core, whose smooth and tactile quality stands in contrast to the roughness of the surrounding materials. McDonald has used unassuming materials such as cement, found wood and fencing for years. Here, they operate on a very personal albeit distinctly formal level. The elements in each piece are constant, like the subject itself.

The “Self Portraits” are an apprehensive turn inward for the artist, who has been living and working in Los Angeles for nearly two decades. They are full of engaging contradictions and function as an aesthetic paradox. The odd support systems that stack in and on each other act as both protector and protected, aware and oblivious of the foundations they keep. The scale of the work is at once awkward and inviting. They are vulnerable and shy, solid and satisfying. For McDonald, these contradictions are candid, thoughtful and earnest. Each work carries with it a distinct personality, slowly revealing the artist and his labor.

David McDonald

Self-Portraits
January 7 - February 18, 2012
Opens January 7, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Installation Views

installation view

installation view

"Self Portrait (Underground Self)", 2011
Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Re Bar, Enamel Paint
29" x 10" x 30"

"Self Portrait (Underground Self)", 2011 Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Re Bar, Enamel Paint 29" x 10" x 30"

"Fractures #19", 2011
mixed media
8" x 3.5"

"Fractures #19", 2011 mixed media 8" x 3.5"

"Self Portrait (Visible Self)", 2011
Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Metal, Enamel Paint
35" x 18" x 12"

"Self Portrait (Visible Self)", 2011 Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Metal, Enamel Paint 35" x 18" x 12"

"Self Portrait (Protected Self)", 2011
Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Re Bar, Cardboard, Enamel Paint
36" x 14" x 15"

"Self Portrait (Protected Self)", 2011 Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Re Bar, Cardboard, Enamel Paint 36" x 14" x 15"

"Fractures #13", 2011
mixed media
8" x 3.5"

"Fractures #13", 2011 mixed media 8" x 3.5"

"Fractures #1", 2011
mixed media
8.25" x 3.25"

"Fractures #1", 2011 mixed media 8.25" x 3.25"

"Fractures #3", 2011
mixed media
8" x 3.5"

"Fractures #3", 2011 mixed media 8" x 3.5"

"Self Portrait (Up Self)", 2011
Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Stone, Enamel Paint
30" x 23.5" x 16"

"Self Portrait (Up Self)", 2011 Cement, Wood, Hydrocal, Stone, Enamel Paint 30" x 23.5" x 16"

"Self Portrait (All There)", 2011
Cement, Palm Tree Wood, Hydrocal, Enamel Paint
68" x 28" x 24"

"Self Portrait (All There)", 2011 Cement, Palm Tree Wood, Hydrocal, Enamel Paint 68" x 28" x 24"

installation view

installation view

"Fractures #16", 2011
mixed media
7.5" x 5"

"Fractures #16", 2011 mixed media 7.5" x 5"


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