Exhibition | Kevin McNamee-Tweed: Saying the Sun

Apr 24, 2024 — Jun 16, 2024

“One can only gather if indeed [one is] looking. I am obsessively, hungrily looking. . . .”

Born in Stanford, California in 1984, Kevin McNamee-Tweed grew up in North Carolina. He graduated from New York University with a BFA in 2008 and earned an MFA from the University of Iowa in 2017.

McNamee-Tweed has developed a unique body of work described as “ceramic paintings,” which feature a plethora of vernacular images incised on colorfully glazed and fired clay tablets of modest, intimate size. Addressing his influences, McNamee-Tweed has said, “The research and accumulation of my own visual galaxy happens everywhere at all times. . . . Storefronts, trash piles, digital collection archives . . . Google rabbit holes, and many, many books.”

The exhibition Saying the Sun features wall-hanging ceramics that characteristically embrace McNamee-Tweed’s simultaneous high- and lowbrow intentions, allowing the viewer to simply see and feel. As the artist has said, “At the point when beauty and humor emerge, we feel relief. I think, that our logic and computations are, at last, not necessary.”

The artist is represented by Steve Turner Gallery (Los Angeles), Dutton Gallery (New York), and Tatjana Pieters Gallery (Ghent, Belgium).

The GCMA appreciates the assistance of Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, in organizing this exhibition.

Sundays at 2 | Artist Talk with Kevin McNamee-Tweed
Sunday, April 28, 2024
2 pm