CONGREGATION: Postcards, Records, Torsos, Masks
Delaware Art Center, Alliance Gallery



Press Release

An exhibition of sculpture titled “Congregation: Postcards, Records, Torsos, Masks” by Louise McCagg opens at the Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg on Friday, May 21, with a reception from 7–9 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through June 12, 2010.

“As an artist of a generation that saw feminist art proliferate, my work is classical in method and contemporary in its political and social inquiry,” says sculptor McCagg, who for over 20 years has exhibited her work at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, as well as in numerous solo and group exhibits from Germany to Puerto Rico and California to Lansing.

McCagg’s signature small heads—reduced from life-size portraits and cast in bronze, aluminum, wax, and paper—take on an impression of the otherworldly. “As the heads decrease in size, their connection to the original fades; they are not portraits; yet they could not exist without the original life mask,” says McCagg. She exhibits her cast head sculpture as freestanding sculptures, friezes, books, and as masks created for theatrical performances. “I have cast the faces of hundreds of individuals from different parts of the world and have reduced the molds to the size I want. Through this process, I maintain the unique qualities and emotional depth of the individual, while showing the commonality among diverse cultures.”

In the 1960s, McCagg lived in Budapest, Hungary and has since been a frequent visitor. The political culture of Eastern Europe had a major impact on her, one that continues to inform both her solo and collaborative projects to this day. Her work has been collected by major museums and universities including The City of East Lansing; Dana Hall School, Wellesley; Yale University Library, New Haven; New York Public Library, New York; and Petöfi Museum of Literature, Budapest.

torsos, masks, Installation View
Congregation: postcards, records, : torsos, masks, Installation View

torsos, masks, Installation View II
Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, Installation View II

torsos, masks, Close Up
Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, Close Up

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Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, Installation ViewIII

torsos, masks, (View of Torsos )
Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, (View of Torsos )

torsos, masks, (View of Masks)
Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, (View of Masks)

torsos, masks, (View of Masks)
Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, (View of Masks)

torsos, masks, (View of Masks)
Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, (View of Masks)

torsos, masks, (View of Masks)
Congregation: postcards, records,: torsos, masks, (View of Masks)