Kevin McNamee-Tweed: Probable Presence

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Kevin McNamee-Tweed: Probable Presence

Los Angeles

Kevin McNamee-Tweed: Probable Presence
to Sat 1 May 2021
Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

Steve Turner presents Probable Presence, a solo exhibition of new work by Iowa City-based Kevin McNamee-Tweed consisting of nearly sixty small-scale works: ceramic paintings, paintings on fabric, drawings and an artist’s book.

Artworks

Long Red Haired Woodpecker, 20200

Pencil on mulberry paper
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (10.8 x 8.9 cm), 10 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches (26.7 x 23.5 cm) Framed

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Bool Hool, 2020

Pencil on mulberry paper
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (26 x 21.6 cm), 16 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches (41.3 x 36.8 cm) Framed

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Orororo, 2020

Pencil on mulberry paper
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (26 x 21.6 cm), 16 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (41.9 x 36.8 cm) Framed

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Secrets, 2021

Pencil on mulberry drawing
10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm)

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Chien, 2019

Pencil on mulberry paper
9 x 10 inches (22.9 x 25.4 cm), 14 1/2 x 16 inches (36.8 x 40.6 cm) Framed

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First Snow, 2020

Pencil on mulberry paper
8 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches (21.6 x 13 cm), 14 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches (36.8 x 28.6 cm) Framed

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Brooklyn Painter, 2020

Pencil on mulberry paper
9 x 10 1/2 inches (22.9 x 26.7 cm), 15 x 16 1/4 inches (38.1 x 41.3 cm) Framed

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Blowing Bibbles of Sibbles, 2020

Pencil on mulberry paper
8 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches (22.2 x 26.7 cm), 14 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches (37.5 x 41.9 cm) Framed

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Zedona, 2020

Pencil on mulberry paper
5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches (13.3 x 13.3 cm), 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (28.6 x 28.6 cm) Framed

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Saint Sebastian, 2021

Pencil on mulberry paper
10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (26 x 21 cm), 16 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (41.9 x 36.8 cm) Framed

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Second Snow, 2020

Glazed ceramic
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (14 x 19.7 cm)

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Painter, Thinker, Creator (The Boats), 2020

Glazed ceramic
7 1/2 x 9 inches (19.1 x 22.9 cm)

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Fantomas, 2020

Glazed ceramic
8 1/8 x 7 inches (20.6 x 17.8 cm)

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Stardust, 2020

Glazed ceramic
11 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches (28.6 x 27.3 cm)

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Shoes, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, nails, wood
17 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (44.5 x 29.2 cm)

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Painter, Boats, 2020

Acrylic and pencil on cotton with artist frame
19 x 24 3/4 inches (48.3 x 62.9 cm)

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Ribb, 2019

Acrylic, ink, yardstick on plywood
11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (29.2 x 24.8 cm)

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Latest Styles, 2020

Acrylic and pencil on cotton
14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

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Les Vampires, 2020

Acrylic, ink and pencil on canvas with artist frame
11 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches (29.8 x 37.5 cm)

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Red Window with Sky and Marigold, 2019

Acrylic on muslin
32 x 20 inches (81.3 x 50.8 cm)

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CK, 2020, 2020

Glazed ceramic
7 1/2 x 5 inches (19.1 x 12.7 cm)

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Snail with Beret Shell, 2019

Glazed ceramic
4 x 4 1/4 inches (10.2 x 10.8 cm)

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The Masses, 2020

Glazed ceramic
5 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (14 x 17.1 cm)

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Stop, 2020

Glazed ceramic
4 x 6 1/2 inches (10.2 x 16.5 cm)

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Hot Springs, 2020

Acrylic on glazed ceramic
7 x 7 inches (17.8 x 17.8 cm)

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Untitled (Flower Carriers), 2020

Glazed ceramic
5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (13.3 x 21 cm)

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Smoking in the Stairwell, 2019

Glazed ceramic
4 1/2 x 4 inches (11.4 x 10.2 cm)

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McNamee-Tweed’s drawings and ceramic paintings are no larger than a sheet of letter-sized paper, while his paintings on fabric span upwards from there, the largest equal to a newspaper spread. The ceramic paintings are irregularly shaped, textured with incised lines and pinches of clay, and finished with a wide range of glazes. The drawings are on irregularly shaped pieces of paper with lines that are scratchy, sinuous, dense or spare. The paintings on fabric reveal process, some with pencil or ink, suggesting an edit, some with a collaged element and many finished with a hand-made frame.

McNamee-Tweed’s works depict images that reflect the artist’s wide array of thoughts and observations in which words figure prominently. Long Red Haired Woodpecker is a literal depiction of a long-haired woodpecker pecking a tree with its long red hair hanging down. It is a species of the artist’s invention, not to be confused with the actual “hairy woodpecker” or “downy woodpecker.” Stop exists in two versions: as a ceramic painting and as an acrylic on canvas painting. Both depict the word “STOP” spelled backwards with each letter also depicted backwards. Another fanciful image also exists in two different works: Painter, Thinker, Creator (The Boats) and Painter, Boats. Both show a painter in front of his outdoor easel as he looks at a landscape featuring boats on a tree-lined sea. In contrast, the painter’s canvas shows only two blobby shapes against a blue background. Three four-letter words—long, stop and boat—loom large in each work.

As words are prominent in McNamee-Tweed’s paintings and drawings, they are nearly entirely absent in his latest artist’s book, where the only words to appear are those on the cover: “Kevin McNamee-Tweed Paintings.” Inside are 150 photographs of signage, ranging from the handmade to the mass produced, each captured by McNamee-Tweed with a simple digital camera, never a phone, during the months leading up to the exhibition. According to the artist, the book functions as a catalog of signs.

Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles

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