Oil and graphite on canvas - Unframed

This work is part of a series called Space interrupted.

Conceptually, “Space interrupted” refers to structures and systems that connect and separate individuals or groups of individuals.

Compositionally,
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Xanda McCagg
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2016

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Oil and graphite on canvas - Unframed This work is part of a series called Space interrupted. Conceptually, “Space interrupted” refers to structures and systems that connect and separate individuals or groups of individuals. Compositionally, McCagg is playing with the effect of introducing new elements that should not fit but which in fact complete the image. Here, she is thinking of shifts in one’s perception at the moment of contact between 2 things. For instance, standing in nature at the edge of a canyon when the cloud cover moves in and changes the whole visual experience, noticing a shift in the wind or becoming aware of someone behind you. Xanda McCagg is an American abstract artist who lives and works in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. A classically trained painter, she has evolved into a style that abandons figuration in search of evoking the human essence. McCagg creates her abstract compositions using a mixture of oil, graphite and collage. Although she began her practice as a figurative painter, she has abandoned the figure in search of more intimate portrayals of the human essence. Nonetheless, her work is informed and influenced by formal elements such as line and space, which provide an underlying aesthetic vocabulary for her compositions. Integral to her process is an exploration of the small and large ways relationships can “shift.” Through the expressive layering of thin and impasto color, and delicate and rough-hewn lines, McCagg works to articulate these often-subtle evolutions. Rather than planning precisely where her composition will lead her, she intuits throughout her process the minimum amount needed to manifest the essence of what she calls “the fine line between perception and imagination of these relationships.”

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  • Condition Details
    New. First hand item, delivered directly from the artist's studio.
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  • Dimensions
    H 35.99 in. x W 35.99 in.H 91.4 cm x W 91.4 cm
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU65934924231
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