Michael McCarthy

Born in 1965 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Michael McCarthy is an American plastic artist and photographer who lives and works in Paris.

Holding a degree in History and Photography from the Tyler School of Art (PA, USA) in 1993, Michael McCarthy began his career of photography teacher and artist in Pennsylvania (USA).

He travels and lives in Italy for 4 years (Florence, Cortona, Rome) and then for 2 years in Greece. He has numerous shows in the USA and in Europe. He finally moves to France where he has been teaching and living since 2009.

Familiar with the most advanced photography techniques, his taste and his experimental curiosity lead him to an exploration of all photographic processes discovered since the origins of photography in the 19th century (photograms, Pinhole cameras, the Van Dyke process etc).

In 1997, he works for the University of Collegeville (PA, USA) and develops an ambitious program on alternative photography.
This exploration of early processes provides him with numerous plastics means and it is not a goal in itself: he uses all these techniques in order to create a singular universe. He uses the tools of a painter, the brush and pigments, and re-works relentlessly his negatives and/or his prints with the help of chemical processes, cutting, folding, and shredding.

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EXHIBITIONS

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2013
"Out of time, out of history", Martha's Place Gallery, Paris (France)

2012
Maison de la Tour, "Malgré la proximité", Valaurie (France)

2011
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence (Italie)

2010
La Fontaine Obscure, Aix-en-Provence (France)

2008
Parsons Paris School of Art & Design, Paris (France)
Holland Tunnel Gallery, New York, NY (USA)

2007
American University of Paris, Paris (France)
Centre des bords de Marne, Le Perreux-sur-Marne (France)

2006
Abroms Art Center, New York (USA)

2005
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence (Italie)
Portland State University, White Gallery, Portland (USA)

2002
Studio Art Centers International, Florence (Italie)

2001
Association des Beaux-Arts de Cannes (France)

1999
Printmaking Council of New Jersey (USA)

1995
Josephine Muller Gallery, Washington, PA (USA)

1994
Moore College of Art Photography Space, Philadelphie, PA (USA)

1990
Cornell University Community School of Music & Arts, Willard Straight Hall Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY (USA)

1989
Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington (USA)

1986
Student Arts League Gallery, New York, NY (USA)


EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2012
“Human form”, Michael McCarthy & Frédérique Chauveaux (vidéaste)

2008
Holland Tunnel Gallery, New York, NY (USA)

2007
Centre Culturel André Malraux, Le Kremlin-Bicètre (France)
State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY (USA)

2006
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY (USA)
State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY (USA)

2005
Onondaga Community College, Colbert Gallery, Syracuse, NY (USA)
State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY (USA)

2004
Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, NY (USA)

2003
University of Georgia, Athens, GA (USA)

2002
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence (Italie)
Palazzo Casali, Cortone (Italie)

2001
Maison de la Culture, Paris (France)

2000
Maison de la Culture, Paris (France)

1999
Premier prix Berman Art Museum, Collegeville, PA (USA)

1998
Premier prix Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ (USA)

1996
Prix du mérite College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ (USA)
Prix du mérite Southern New Jersey Center for the Arts, Marlton, NJ (USA)

1995
Artiste invité Millersville University, Millersville, PA (USA)
Premier prix Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA (USA)
Premier prix Community Gallery Open Art Award Art Exhibition, Lancaster, PA (USA)

1993
Résidence d’artiste Millersville University, Millersville, PA (USA)
Bourse d’artiste Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA (USA)

1992
Bourse d’artiste Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA (USA)
Bourse d’artiste Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA (USA)

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