3.22.2011

MARGARET McCARTHY: Late Night Animals

LATE NIGHT ANIMALS 1
Photograph by Margaret McCarthy

LATE NIGHT ANIMALS 3
Photograph by Margaret McCarthy

LATE NIGHT ANIMALS 5
Photograph by Margaret McCarthy

"This series began as a visual journal; I found myself drawn to the humor, wackiness and pathos in the spectacle of wild animals as guests on late night talk TV. The animals are often brought on as TV guests with the best of intentions: to educate the mass TV audience. Often these species are perilously close to extinction. I found myself wondering: does our culture handle the vanishing of a species by giving them 15 minutes of fame before they are gone for good? In these pictures, I try to speak to our conflicted reactions about co-existing with wildness and the natural world, and the irony of a culture that seems to love these animals to death but can't seem to leave them alone." – Margaret McCarthy

LATE NIGHT ANIMALS
Raandesk Gallery thru April 23

16 W. 23rd St, NYC

3 comments:

Margaret McCarthy said...

Elizabeth, I so appreciate your posting these -they're a real departure from my previous work, so I'm so excited to share them with you and your viewers.
Margaret McCarthy
www.margaretmccarthy.com

Susan May Tell said...

I attended the opening. It was and Margaret's photos are terrific!

Anonymous said...

Conceptually beguiling