~PAT McCARTHY . . ‘BORN TO KILL, ISSUE 90 – BUILDING A FIRE – IN EDEN, N.C.’
DRAMA, FIRE, ROMANCE . . REALISM.
CLAY, FIRE, MAN: SACRED.
PAT McCARTHY . . ‘BORN TO KILL’ – ISSUE 90 – ‘BUILDING A FIRE – IN EDEN’
PRINTED IN NEW YORK CITY – OPEN EDITIONS ONLY – FALL 2016
8 x 10 in. copy paper sheets / folded in half & bound with 2 staples at the ‘spine’.
‘SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES: EDEN’ / which included a PAT McCARTHY ceramic clay miniature replica of the historical school house, & made on-site in North Carolina, & fired using a DIY kiln – also built by PAT.
that’s a really nice quality, hi-contrast color photograph, 4 x 5 in. on shiny photo paper, scotch-taped to the cover – really nice touch. nice contrast to the low-fi quality of the black & white ‘zine’ and totally . . pumps up the DIY vibe.
like how it slightly lifts off the page, from where the corners are taped down. very sculptural.
very interesting, dramatic . . heat seeking to the imagination.
that must be a view, looking down – of the DIY kiln, Pat built on site to fire the ‘school house’.
fire burns bright, but so does that cold steel blue – metal.
THE VIEW FROM MY DESK.
THEY SHOULDA . . BLOWN UP THESE 4 x 5 in. pgs & PLASTERED – THEM ALL OVER THAT APERTURE – GALLERY.
AS A BACK-DROP.
or, at least in that gloomy – entry.
it’s like the true beauty, mystery, stark history + potential of the show, got cut off at the knees, by a lack of inspiration – in the exhibit design.
ironically, it’s amazing how it comes so alive – within the flimsy pages of a low-fi . . zine.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH