Ted Gahl, An Hoang, Shara Hughes, Alisha Kerlin, Keegan McHargue, Jeanette Mundt, Sara Murphy, Ryan Mrozowski, Christoph Roßner, Lisa Sanditz, Ryan Schneider, Billy Sullivan, Paul Wackers, Chuck Webster
Opening reception for the artists: Saturday, November 17, 6-8 pm
November 17 - December 31, 2012 | Gallery Hours: Saturday – Sunday 11 - 6 pm
HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY
79 Newtown Lane | East Hampton | New York | 11937 | 631.604.5770
HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY is pleased to present HABEAS CORPUS an exhibition of paintings by Ted Gahl, An Hoang, Shara Hughes, Alisha Kerlin, Keegan McHargue, Jeanette Mundt, Sara Murphy, Ryan Mrozowski, Christoph Roßner, Lisa Sanditz, Ryan Schneider, Billy Sullivan, Paul Wackers and Chuck Webster. The right of habeas corpus has been a part of our country’s legal tradition longer than we’ve actually been a country*. The representation of the human figure has been a part of art history as long as paint has been used to depict images from the natural world. While this title is borrowed from its namesake writ, a more literal translation of the term commands us to “produce the body.” Across their varied practices, this group of painters consistently draw on modes of representation to inform their visual vocabularies. For this exhibition, habeas corpus is suspended as the figure is removed from their pictorial statements. Vacant interiors, littered landscapes, collections on display all show how human presence is evident even when a picture is devoid of human form. Far from voids, these “empty” paintings let us examine ways in which the human spirit lingers even when a body does not.