Kelly McLane: PECKERWOODS

October 21 – November 22, 2017

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

A Barcode Baby Ate My Tardagrade, 2017

Oil, Acrylic and Graphite on Canvas

10h x 8w in

KM012

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

God's Hands, 2017

Oil, acrylic and graphite on panel with wood cutting and burning

72" x 72" x 2"

KM001

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Deerberry Season, 2017

Oil, acrylic and graphite on panel with wood cutting and burning

72h x 78w in

Framed: 72h x 78w x 2d in

KM017

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Kids, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor and Graphite on Paper

72h x 42w in

Framed: 72h x 42w x 2d in

KM002

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Big Bird's Got A Gun, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor and Graphite on Paper

72h x 42w in

Framed: 72h x 42w x 2d in

KM004

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Birds Born Blind, 2017

Oil, acrylic, and graphite on panel with wood cutting and burning

72h x 72w in

Framed: 72h x 72w x 2d in

KM037

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Big Old Peckerwood, 2017

Oil, Acrylic, Graphite and Ceramic Decal on Panel

16h x 12w in

Framed: 16h x 12w x 2d in

KM013

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Budfish, 2017

Oil, acrylic and graphite on panel with wood cutting and burning

72h x 78w in

Framed: 72h x 78w x 2d in

KM015

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Prey for Me, 2017

Watercolor and Graphite on Paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM016

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

A Real Corker, 2017

Watercolor and graphite on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 14 1/2h x 11w x 1 1/2d in

KM022

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Princess Peckerwoods - Lithopedion, 2017

Graphite on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM042

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Who's Your Daddy, 2017

Graphite, India ink on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM018

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Chickenhead Baby, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor and graphite on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM019

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

The Young, Young Pope, 2017

Graphite on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM041

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Billie’s Party, 2017

Graphite on Paper

15h x 11w in

KM009

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Impersonating a Politician, 2017

Acrylic, watercolor and graphite on paper

12.25h x 11.25w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM034

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Suicide Bride-Never Missed Nancy, 2017

Graphite on paper

8h x 6w in

Framed: 13 1/4h x 10 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM026

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Suicide Bride-Star, 2017

Graphite on paper

8h x 6w in

Framed: 13 1/4h x 10 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM029

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Family Pact, 2017

Graphite on paper

8h x 6w in

Framed: 13 1/4h x 10 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM031

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Suicide Bride-Faded Milk Carton Martha Mae, 2017

Graphite on paper

8h x 6w in

Framed: 13 1/4h x 10 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM040

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Suicide Bride-Seldomly Spoken of Sarah, 2017

Graphite on paper

8h x 6w in

Framed: 13 1/4h x 10 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM028

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Free Range Zombies, 2017

Watercolor, acrylic and graphite on paper

30h x 22w in

Framed: 32 1/2h x 25w x 1 1/2d in

KM035

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Babies in a Basket, 2017

Graphite on paper

11 1/2h x 8 1/4w in

Framed: 17h x 13w x 1 1/2d in

KM043

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Michelle O-Fuck Off, 2017

India ink and graphite on paper

11.25h x 8.25w in

Framed: 15 1/4h x 12 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM033

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Chrysalis, 2017

Acrylic, watercolor and graphite on paper

11.25h x 8.25w in

Framed: 15 1/4h x 12 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM036

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

City of Industry, City of Fear, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor and graphite on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM020

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

TWO Tense, 2017

Watercolor and graphite on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM039

Kelly McLane (b.1968)

Peckerwood, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor and graphite on paper

15h x 11w in

Framed: 21 1/4h x 17 1/4w x 1 1/2d in

KM021

Press Release

KELLY MCLANE

PECKERWOODS

 

EXHIBITION DATES:

OCTOBER 21 - NOVEMBER 22, 2017

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 6-8 PM

 

(Los Angeles, CA) - DENK gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of new works by gallery artist Kelly McLane. McLane is represented in several major institutional collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and UCLA's Hammer Museum.

 

In her newest body of work Peckerwoods, McLane explores the darker dimensions of contemporary American culture. Finding beauty in both its abhorrent and redemptive aspects, McLane looks to nature as a trope for a widespread sense of ideological sickness.

 

As allegories for a persistent condition of cultural dysfunction, her drawings and paintings invoke a near-hallucinatory impression of a self-cannibalizing world. Dedicated in parts to character studies of off-the-grid neighbors, her imagery harnesses the disquieting vision of an irreversibly violent and extroverted masculine world, perverse and unhinged in its aggression and dogmatism.

 

In the artist's words, “Cultural DEMENTIA” is the softest sentence to describe the overripe putrification of today's "end time” as it seems. The cheap cologne, blood and sweat of tiki torchers and suicide bombers, our country reeks of Peckerwoods. This word BELONGS to our culture. Its history and contemporary derivatives from prison gangs to political pundits - the overt MASCULINITY of today’s world is overwhelming."

 

McLane's work is fundamentally drawing-based, her paintings themselves retain traces of that deliberate mark of the edge, drawing's unique domain. In this new series of paintings on panel and works on paper, the large-format paintings themselves are wrought into existence through an active and physical process of gouging and burning - the excision of line becomes the logical outcome of drawing as a process, eliciting as its most extreme a feeling of laceration or scarification and physical graffiti. Using wood panel substrates for the paintings, she layers the surfaces with colored gesso, oil, and acrylic, excavating, and branding them through accumulation and subtraction - a veritable geology of kinesics. 

 

Her use of negative space in the sparse suite of drawings imparts a feeling of calculated pause to offset the profusion of louder spaces. The areas she chooses to leave untouched are just as important as the choices made in rendering. Figures emerge, as though drawn from within the surfaces themselves, at times ghostly, delicate and ill-defined and at others outlandishly asserted distortions. 

 

The absurd reigns in McLane’s depictions of daily life teetering on the grotesque. Deeply flawed with moments of redeeming beauty and evidence of survival, McLane visually unpacks the cultural fallacies of systemic machismo and bigotry, never forgetting to punctuate the images with our conflicted inheritance: the imminent rhetoric of our shared human bondage.

 

"There are always meditations and daydreams of better times throughout, infused with finery and detail to sustain and articulate these subjects with hopes and compassion for our species. While we are at our scientific heights with creative breakthroughs and tools to communicate beyond our zeniths, we are tethered by unexpected zealotry, bigotry and outrage. In the fight for determining the primacy of nature the gods left out the nurture somewhere in between."

 

 

ABOUT KELLY MCLANE

Kelly McLane completed a BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and an MFA at UC Davis in California.

 

Her works are in several notable public collections including, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, UCLA's Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, San Diego Museum of Modern Art, San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, and National Gallery of Art, Washington.