Carter & Citizen is proud to present David McDonald: “Everything is Broken”. The exhibition opens March 23 and closes April 27, 2013. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 23, from 6 to 8pm. This is the artistʼs second solo exhibition with the gallery.

David McDonaldʼs newest body of work addresses accumulation and emptiness through materials common in their everyday use. Weathered wire, plaster, wood, dirt, cardboard and acrylic are brought together in these sculptures to create space and void. The open spaces created with wire and pegs function like drawings – where line creates an open space and McDonaldʼs gesture through material creates a paradox – volume without mass.

Here, everything is at once broken and yet, connected. Some elements within the sculptures appear to barely hold together at some points, while others are sturdy and worn in
their state of simply being. Anchored to the floor, the work appears fragile in areas where McDonald has stitched together wire to create a snarl of netting around and out of the other fragments. A sense of abandonment surrounds these humble gestures while seemingly disparate scraps come together to cause the viewer pause while considering color, texture and scale.

The title of the exhibition is taken from Bob Dylanʼs 1989 song of the same name, where detachment from the world rules. “Broken bottles, broken plates, broken switches, broken gates, broken dishes, broken parts, streets are filled with broken hearts. Broken words are never meant to be spoken, everything is broken.” But if everything is broken, why do we remain steadfast in our attempt to put it back together? Here, McDonald attempts to make sense of our collective damage in sculptures that honor our ability to put the busted pieces back into place.

McDonald received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and has exhibited extensively at venues such as the Torrance Art Museum (CA), Jancar Gallery (Los Angeles), Irvine Fine Arts Center (CA), ACME (Los Angeles), C24 Gallery (New York) and Newspace (Los Angeles) among others. McDonald has been awarded the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship (2012) and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

David McDonald

Everything is Broken
March 23 - April 27, 2013

Installation Views

Everything is Broken 
installation detail

Everything is Broken installation detail

Everything is Broken 
installation detail

Everything is Broken installation detail

Everything is Broken 
installation detail

Everything is Broken installation detail

Everything is Broken
installation detail

Everything is Broken installation detail

Interbeing 4
2012
wood, piping, dirt, plexiglass, cardboard, enamel paint
53 x 17 x 8 inches

Interbeing 4 2012 wood, piping, dirt, plexiglass, cardboard, enamel paint 53 x 17 x 8 inches

Interbeing 1
2012
rebar, wood, cement, steel, enamel paint
55.5 x 25 x 20.5 inches

Interbeing 1 2012 rebar, wood, cement, steel, enamel paint 55.5 x 25 x 20.5 inches

Tiny History 91,
2010,
mixed media
4 x 4.5 x 4 inches

Tiny History 91, 2010, mixed media 4 x 4.5 x 4 inches

Tiny History 87, 81, 92, 117
installation detail

Tiny History 87, 81, 92, 117 installation detail

Tiny History 91, 87, 81, 92, 117 (left to right)

Tiny History 91, 87, 81, 92, 117 (left to right)

Interbeing 3 (front view) 
2013 
wood, steel, plaster, wire, plexiglass, acrylic paint 
46 x 12 x 17 inches

Interbeing 3 (front view) 2013 wood, steel, plaster, wire, plexiglass, acrylic paint 46 x 12 x 17 inches

Interbeing 3 (back view) 
2013
wood, steel, plaster, wire, plexiglass, acrylic paint 
46 x 12 x 17 inches

Interbeing 3 (back view) 2013 wood, steel, plaster, wire, plexiglass, acrylic paint 46 x 12 x 17 inches

Everything is Broken
2013 
wood, wire, plaster, stain, enamel paint 
68 x 33 x 27 inches

Everything is Broken 2013 wood, wire, plaster, stain, enamel paint 68 x 33 x 27 inches

Will the Circle be Unbroken
2013
enamel and acrylic paint, hydrocal, acrylic gel, archival masking tape, push pins on plastic 
16 x 13 x 2 inches

Will the Circle be Unbroken 2013 enamel and acrylic paint, hydrocal, acrylic gel, archival masking tape, push pins on plastic 16 x 13 x 2 inches

Indra's Net (partial view)
2013
wire, enamel paint, plexigalss, shells, wood, rebar
dimensions variable

Indra's Net (partial view) 2013 wire, enamel paint, plexigalss, shells, wood, rebar dimensions variable

Indra's Net (partial view)
2013
wire, enamel paint, plexiglass, shells, wood, rebar 
dimensions variable

Indra's Net (partial view) 2013 wire, enamel paint, plexiglass, shells, wood, rebar dimensions variable


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