Charles McGill, Three Wise Men, detail
 

Charles McGill Solo Exhibition Trapped at The Phatory in New York City

Charles McGill, Three Wise MenTrapped, an installation of works by Charles McGill, opens April 4 at The Phatory in New York City’s East Village, and runs until June 9, 2012.

Walter Robinson, editor of Artnet Magazine, in his review of Trapped stated: On view there since spring is “Trapped,” a collection of new wall sculptures by Charles McGill (b. 1964), an artist whose first and last obsession seems to be golf. Golf viewed through the prism, that is, of race. McGill has teed up watermelons on 125th Street in Harlem (1997), exhibited a pair of pitch black golf balls in the manner of Jasper Johns beer cans (titled My Two Black Balls, 1999) and produced a life-sized self-portrait statue in plus fours and argyle with the doppelganger name of Arthur Negro (2007).

Charles McGill, KILLERIt is perhaps not a coincidence that the opening of “Trapped” coincided with the 2012 Masters Tournament, one of the big four golf events, held at the notorious Augusta National Golf Club, a symbol of the easy tolerance that can accompany institutional racism and sexism. For his new work, McGill turned to the classic golf bag, whose stylized construction of heavy leather in deep colors, ornamented with brass zippers and other hardware, is already a fetish object for the golfing fraternity.

McGill has literally deconstructed the bags and reassembled their parts into anthropomorphizing figural totems. His preferred configuration for the large works involves three intertwined bags, a sort of ménage a trois. He converts the bag rain hoods into Ku Klux Klan headgear, and the straps, snaps, studded rubber bases and other bag parts into accoutrements of what must be a fraternity of bondage enthusiasts. Golf is an exacting, masochistic art, after all.

The entire review, Charles McGill, THE GOLF WAR by Walter Robinson, can be found on artnet.com.

Charles McGill, The Legend of the Red-Tailed CarpCharles McGill, an adjunct professor of painting and drawing, is a working artist who has spent the last 20 plus years making and exhibiting his work professionally. His art work has been reviewed in The New York Times and Art in America and appears in several private and public collections. Charles is also a published illustrator. As an eclectic and versatile artist, his work runs the gamut from painting and drawing to performance-based media and sculpture. McGill holds a B.F.A., from the School of Visual Arts, a M.F.A., from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

The Phatory is open Saturdays from 1:00-8:00 pm, and by appointment, and is located at 618 East 9th Street, between Avenues B and C, in New York City. For more information, visit phatory.com or call 212.777.7922.

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