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Billy J. McCarroll: How To Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way



February 1, 2011
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Billy J. McCarroll: How To Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way
Jeffrey Spalding, Ryan Doherty & Peter White
 


This major retrospective monograph revisits 40 years of the career of the American-born Canadian artist. McCarroll began in California in the 1960s as a ceramic artist in the context of Funk art along with Peter Voulkos and David Gilhooly. His works were irreverent and infused with humour, and when mixed with the slick surfaces of Los Angeles’ hot rod culture, uniquely his own. Arriving in Alberta in 1971, it was a straight line from his ceramic works coated in industrial paint to his Clome paintings where automotive lacquer on Plexiglas brought an ironic playfulness to Hard-edge painting. In the 1980s, McCarroll’s work became inextricably bound to the image of Sam Snead and the sundry accouterments of golf. As always the works are studies of line, form, surface, colour and process. Illustrated with key examples of McCarroll’s most significant bodies of work from the 1970s to today, three essays reveal how many of the strategies he employs involve cultural and artistic reconfiguration, quotation and transformation.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (03/2011) 158 pp 30 col. ill. 9.5 x 9.5 in hardcover  978-1-894699-50-1   $40.00 Can. $45.00 U.S. (32 €)

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