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

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

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

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