"Chaos for me breeds images." -- Francis Bacon
JFM Theory: Chaos is the ultimate order.
The energy embodied in John McCarthy's art springs from a chaos that exists at a level that far surpasses the categories of abstract expressionism and other forms of so-called "accidental art."
It is a place where the meaningful and the meaningless can playfully co-exist; where reason and the illogical exist side by side; where the details are always superior to the whole; where chaos is the ultimate order, where a lightning bolt of paint ignites texture and impasto in an electric explosion of conscious thought and anxious action. It represents a separate multiverse - where opposing sides forever reverse, replace each other and merge.
Conversely, the rules of the world can also be seen as reversals, betrayals, plot twists, double identities, traps, time warps, black holes, rebellions in consciousness, metamorphoses and the big bang.
McCarthy's paintings are shards of broken-glass paint that re-define a cubist view of chaos theory. They are atomic or subatomic explosions of colors like nothing that has come before. Look closely at the rivers of color represented in his action painting and see if you can decipher how they are produced.
Just as Zeus' lightning bolts were a gift from The Cyclops, John's art is a byproduct of the subconsious and conscious minds, a blitzkrieg of paint unleashed onto a yielding canvas. The "King of Pitched paint" could match swords with Zeus... Read More
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