Castle Gallery at The College of New RochelleCastle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle

Skinned

The College of New Rochelle is featuring Skinned, an exhibition of recent work by Westchester artist Charles McGill, in the Mooney Center Gallery on the Main Campus in New Rochelle from September 23, 2012, through November 9, 2012. An artist’s talk is scheduled for October 24, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.

Charles McGill, who lives and works in Peekskill, NY, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. With a background in painting, Charles McGill has branched out into other media. His work in this exhibition is composed of unconventional material—de/reconstructed golf bags.

McGill uses golf bags to reveal more than its original function suggests. While working in a golf pro shop he was straightening up golf bags on the floor when he thought it would be cool to combine a vintage recording of Malcolm X with one of the very opulent and durable-looking golf bags. “I decided the contrast would be interesting. That was my very first realization of the possibility of using a golf bag as an object or subject in my art.” He began to use the golf bag, he says, “as ‘found’ object/motif by exploring its relationship to the human figure, specifically the headless and limbless torso. I collaged race-sex-class-inspired imagery to the surface with meticulous care and attention to make a beautiful object.”

Finding the golf bag to be a “very political object,” he says, “has the potential to resonate on many levels. It easily personified human character.” His abstract constructions have gradually transformed into compositions that inherently revealed the human postures hidden within.

Thirteen of Charles McGill’s abstract golf bag constructions are now on display at CNR’s Mooney Center Gallery which is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information contact Castle Gallery Director Katrina Rhein at: (914)-654-5423 or email: krhein@cnr.edu.

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