Catherine Haggarty: An Echo's Glyph
Massey Klein Gallery is pleased to present An Echo's Glyph, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Catherine Haggarty. The exhibition will be on view by appointment from Friday, December 18th until Saturday, January 30th, 2021. The gallery will host an opening reception day from 1-6pm on Sunday, December 20th. Please email email@example.com to schedule an in-person viewing or visit the gallery’s website to experience a virtual walk-through of both exhibitions.
Catherine Haggarty's practice explores the ambiguous relationship of language, time, context, and form. Using air brush, oil stick and fluid acrylic, forms reference animal patterns, imprints, and ancient symbols that create a fictional space for viewers to navigate. She is interested in how lines can have both clear agency and wavering ambiguity while building an image - pushing blurry imagery and saturated forms together. Her artwork explores how images communicate; how our automatic, subconscious and steadfast attention can collide to conjure new forms, new images and perhaps, new understandings of ourselves.
Haggarty’s newest body of work included in An Echo’s Glyph is informed by early cave paintings in France that she visited in 2019. Inspired by the atmosphere within the caves and the visceral experience of viewing the paintings, her work seeks to capture the essence of her subject matter, rather than present a clear, formal object. Atmospheric and abstract layers build, organically shifting to reveal glimpses of an animal and its signifiers. Haggarty incorporates a variation of footprints, patterns, and animal coats to portray themes of movement and migration as well as animal chatter and communication. The mysterious nature of the artist’s environments encourage the viewer to reflect on the human experience and timelessness of painting.
Catherine Haggarty earned her MFA from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011. Currently, Haggarty is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts and also co-directs NYC Crit Club. Haggarty has been a visiting artist and lecturer at SUNY Purchase, MFA; Hunter MFA; Denison University; Brooklyn College MFA; and in 2018 Haggarty was the Anderson Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University. The artist’s paintings and curatorial work have been reviewed by and featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Brooklyn Magazine, The New York Times, Maake Magazine, Art Maze Magazine, Art Spiel, Sound and Vision Podcast, among others.
Massey Klein Gallery is located at 124 Forsyth St. New York, NY 10002. For inquiries regarding works available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.