Topographies and Tantrums

Hooks-Epstein Galleries is proud to present "Topographies and Tantrums", an exhibition of intricate paper/mixed media formations, sculptural works, and wearable art, by Houston-based artist, Edward Lane McCartney. The exhibition will open at 11:00AM on Saturday, February 22, 2020, with an Artist Talk at 5:30PM, followed by the Opening Reception from 6:00-8:00PM. The show will continue through Saturday, March 28, 2020. The latest body of work by Edward Lane McCartney converges as a culminating point of endless conversations and ruminations over recent years as to the identity of his work and the identity of himself as an artist. As its title suggests, "Topographies and Tantrums" presents as a show in two parts—as an expression of joy and self-exuberance and as an exclamation of thought-provoking, aesthetically intriguing, and environmentally/visually inspired works. Part one, 'Topographies', began after McCartney made a pilgrimage in the Spring of 2016 to the Southwestern U.S., traveling through the basins, plains, and varied geography of the region and connecting with Hopi people and culture. At every point throughout his trip, he met with various Hopi potters, participating in extensive discussions about the work. At the conclusion of this experience, McCartney began to explore further into the concepts of surroundings, landscape, and topography and translated these concepts into his cardboard/mixed media works through the abstraction of textures, shapes, and earthen hues. In part two, 'Tantrums', McCartney resolves his own crisis of identity with the self-realization that the works he creates are as much a part of himself and his creative practice as the externally influenced works. Many of these pieces include objects or materials that he is drawn to taking out of common context and creating something whimsical and unexpected, such as his assembled boxes. McCartney calls these tantrums “as they are creative expressions that need to be made, quickly, without regard of a singular immediate context…[if] I don’t stop and make them now, then when? It is not from a lack of discipline but the enthusiasm of now”. Edward Lane McCartney resides in Houston, TX, where he has been creating art since 1999. Most recently, in 2019, McCartney had a solo exhibition, "Case Studies", at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). Also, in 2019, select group exhibitions featuring McCartney’s work included "Seeing Ourselves: Visual and Verbal Self-Portraits and Selfies" at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) and shows at the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts (El Paso, TX) and Museum of Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX). He has studied at the Glassell School of Art (MFAH) and served as the Board President of HCCC, from where he is a former participant in their Artist in Residence Program. McCartney remains active in the local arts community.
Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 to Saturday, March 28, 2020

Clear II

Clear II, 2018, cardboard, and computer key on canvas panel, 8 x 10 x 1/2" / f.s. 11 x 14 x 1 1/2"

Escape

Escape, 2018, cardboard, paper, and computer key on canvas panel, 8 x 10 x 1/2" / f.s. 11 x 14 x 1 1/2"

Option

Option, 2018, cardboard, paper, computer key, circuit board, and cable on masonite panel, 8 x 10 x 1/2" / f.s. 11 x 14 x 1 1/2"

Enter

Enter, 2018, cardboard, paper, computer key, and heat diffuser on canvas panel, 8 x 10 x 1/2" / f.s. 11 x 14 x 1 1/2"

Return

Return, 2018, cardboard, paper, rusted steel, watch spring, and computer key on canvas panel, 8 x 10 x 1/2" / f.s. 11 x 14 x 1 1/2"

Option A

Option A, 2018, cardboard, paper, bronze, and computer key on canvas panel, 8 x 10 x 1/2" / f.s. 11 x 14 x 1 1/2"

Help

Help, 2018, cardboard, paper, and computer key on canvas panel, 8 x 10 x 1/2" / f.s. 11 x 14 x 1 1/2"

Shift

Shift, 2018, cardboard, paper, and computer key on masonite panel, 18 x 24 x 3/4" / f.s. 24 x 31 x 2"

Control

Control, 2018, cardboard, paper, computer key, and mouse circuit board on masonite panel, 18 x 24 x 3/4" / f.s. 24 x 31 x 2"

Box #8, Self Portrait

Box #8, Self Portrait, 2018, found wooden slide box, aluminum, brass, steel, bronze, sterling, pyrite, beard, wasp nest, etc., 3 x 3 1/4 x 7 1/4"
Box #8, Self Portrait, 2018, found wooden slide box, aluminum, brass, steel, bronze, sterling, pyrite, beard, wasp nest, etc., 3 x 3 1/4 x 7 1/4"
Box #8, Self Portrait, 2018, found wooden slide box, aluminum, brass, steel, bronze, sterling, pyrite, beard, wasp nest, etc., 3 x 3 1/4 x 7 1/4"
Box #8, Self Portrait, 2018, found wooden slide box, aluminum, brass, steel, bronze, sterling, pyrite, beard, wasp nest, etc., 3 x 3 1/4 x 7 1/4"
Box #8, Self Portrait, 2018, found wooden slide box, aluminum, brass, steel, bronze, sterling, pyrite, beard, wasp nest, etc., 3 x 3 1/4 x 7 1/4"

Topography #1

Topography #1, 2018, travel maps, paper, cardboard, wood, and computer parts on artist panel, 8 x 10 x 1 1/2" / f.s. 9 x 11 x 1 7/8"

Topography #2

Topography #2, 2018, travel maps, paper, cardboard, wood, and computer parts on artist panel, 11 x 14 x 1 1/2" / f.s. 12 x 15 x 1 7/8"

Landscape Panorama

Landscape Panorama, 2017, paper collage on artist panels, 7 x 72 x 1 1/2"

CC #1

CC #1, 2017, paper collage on artist panel, 4 x 4 1/2 x 1/2" / f.s. 9 x 11 x 1 1/2"

CC #2

CC #2, 2017, paper collage, graphite, and wax on artist panel, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1/2" / f.s. 9 x 11 x 1 1/2"

Formation, Conglomerate

Formation, Conglomerate, 2018, cuff bracelet: sterling, fine silver, reticulation silver, 2 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4"

Formation, Tectonic

Formation, Tectonic, 2018, cuff bracelet: sterling, fine silver, reticulation silver, 14k yellow gold, diamond, ocean jasper, 2 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/4"

Loloma I

Loloma I, 2017, cuff bracelet: sterling, brass, copper, moonstone, lavender chalcedony, 1 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 2"

Loloma II

Loloma II, 2017, cuff bracelet: sterling, bronze, brass, Russian rainbow pyrite, London blue topaz, 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/4"

Perimeter #1

Perimeter #1, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, brass, synthetic rubies, 3 x 2 7/8 x 1/8"
Perimeter #1, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, brass, synthetic rubies, 3 x 2 7/8 x 1/8"

Perimeter #3

Perimeter #3, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, fine silver, hematite, 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/4"
Perimeter #3, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, fine silver, hematite, 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/4"

Perimeter #4

Perimeter #4, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, bronze, blue sapphires, 3 x 2 1/2 x 1/8"
Perimeter #4, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, bronze, blue sapphires, 3 x 2 1/2 x 1/8"

Perimeter #5

Perimeter #5, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, fine silver, bronze, 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/8"
Perimeter #5, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, fine silver, bronze, 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/8"

Perimeter #6

Perimeter #6, 2018, bangle bracelet: sterling, bronze, lemon quartz, 4 x 3 7/8 x 1/4"

Reticulation, Cufflinks

Reticulation, Cufflinks, 2017, sterling and reticulation silver, 1 x 1 x 1"

Reticulation, Earrings

Reticulation, Earrings, 2018, sterling and reticulation silver, 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 1/4"

Canyon, Cufflinks

Canyon, Cufflinks, 2018, sterling, cuttlebone cast sterling, 1 x 1 x 1"

Canyon, Ring

Canyon, Ring, 2018, sterling, cuttlebone cast sterling, cast bronze sea urchin shell, 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1", size 7

Box #9, Self-Portrait

Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper
Box #9, Self-Portrait, 2019, found box and objects, photograph, cardboard, paper

Box #6, Ticonderoga #2

Box #6, Ticonderoga #2, pencils and found objects, 11 1/2 x 7 x 2 1/4"
Box #6, Ticonderoga #2, pencils and found objects, 11 1/2 x 7 x 2 1/4"
Box #6, Ticonderoga #2, pencils and found objects, 11 1/2 x 7 x 2 1/4"
Box #6, Ticonderoga #2, pencils and found objects, 11 1/2 x 7 x 2 1/4"
Box #6, Ticonderoga #2, pencils and found objects, 11 1/2 x 7 x 2 1/4"

Acute Density

Acute Density, 2018, dress maker pins and pink ivory wood, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 6"
Acute Density, 2018, dress maker pins and pink ivory wood, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 6"

Flight, Line Drawing #9

Flight, Line Drawing #9, 2018, patinated bronze, lignum vitae, 6 x 4 1/4 x 12"

Line Drawing #10

Line Drawing #10, 2018, cold painted bronze and marble wood, 9 1/2 x 7 x 8 1/2"
Line Drawing #10, 2018, cold painted bronze and marble wood, 9 1/2 x 7 x 8 1/2"

Line Drawing #11

Line Drawing #11, 2018, cold painted bronze and yellow mora wood, 8 x 8 x 20"
Line Drawing #11, 2018, cold painted bronze and yellow mora wood, 8 x 8 x 20"

Johnny Can't Come...

Johnny Can't Come Out to Play, 2018, wood and cotton, 33 x 17 x 15"

Wrapped

Wrapped, 2018, cotton and object, 15 x 11 x 11"

Top Hat and Box

Top Hat and Box, 2019, cardboard and wire clothes hanger, 15 x 14 x 13"

Basic Carpentry

Edward Lane McCartney, "Basic Carpentry", 2019, found books, 7 x 7 1/4 x 6 1/4"

Trophy

Trophy, 2013, sterling, antler, brass, London blue topaz, 19 x 11 x 7"

Artifact

Artifact, 2016, pick axe, velvet, ribbon, paper, 13 x 18 x 2"

Citizens United

Citizens United, 2017, photomontage, 10 1/2 x 13" / f.s. 17 x 21 x 1 1/2"

Trompe, Trompe L'...

Trompe, Trompe L'oeil, found aluminum can and acrylic medium, 9 x 4 1/2" / f.s. 12 x 15 x 1 1/2"

-SO-

-SO-, 2017, paper collage on masonite, 6 x 8" / f.s. 12 x 15 x 1 1/2"

E-X

E-X, 2017, paper collage on masonite, 3 x 5" / f.s. 9 x 11 x 1 1/2"

No. 5

No. 5, 2017, paper collage and found object on archival mat board, 8 x 8 x 1/2" / f.s. 12 x 15 x 1 1/2"

Jewelry Box #1

Jewelry Box #1, 2017, brooch, bracelet, and pendant: reticulation silver, sterling, 14k, 18k, and 22k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3"
Jewelry Box #1, 2017, brooch, bracelet, and pendant: reticulation silver, sterling, 14k, 18k, and 22k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3"
Jewelry Box #1, 2017, brooch, bracelet, and pendant: reticulation silver, sterling, 14k, 18k, and 22k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3"
Jewelry Box #1, 2017, brooch, bracelet, and pendant: reticulation silver, sterling, 14k, 18k, and 22k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3"

Jewelry Box #2,...

Jewelry Box #2, Memento Mori, 2017, sterling, 14k yellow gold, carved pearl, garnet synthetic ruby, brass, 1 x 1 x 1 1/2"

Jewelry Box #3

Jewelry Box #3, 2017, set of seven stacking rings, sterling, reticulation silver, 14k yellow gold, 1 1/4 x 3/4 x 2"

Jewelry Box #4

Jewelry Box #4, 2017, set of ten stacking rings, sterling, reticulation silver, 14k yellow gold, ebony, mokume game, brass, 1 1/4 x 1 x 1 5/8"

Jewelry Box #5,...

Jewelry Box #5, Falling Water, 2017, 17 stacked rings, sterling silver, 18k and 14k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, diamond, sapphire, tourmaline, citrine, ruby, etc., 7/8 x 7/8 x 1 1/2"

Jewelry Box #6, Tooth...

Jewelry Box #6, Tooth Fairy, 2017, box with lid ring: sterling, 14k yellow gold, zirconia dental crown, citrine, cabochons

Jewelry Box #7, Folly

Jewelry Box #7, Folly, 2018, box comprised of stacking bangle bracelets, sterling, fine silver, 14k yellow gold, ebony, jasper, sandblasted hematite, brass, 4 3/4 x 3 x 3"
Jewelry Box #7, Folly, 2018, box comprised of stacking bangle bracelets, sterling, fine silver, 14k yellow gold, ebony, jasper, sandblasted hematite, brass, 4 3/4 x 3 x 3"

Jewelry Box #8, Alas...

Jewelry Box #8, Alas Poor Yorick, 2018, locket pendant with ring: sterling, watch crystals, carved pearl, 14k yellow gold, velvet, vintage glass beads, locket: 2 x 2 x 38" / chain: 18"

Jewelry Box #9, Aerial...

Jewelry Box #9, Aerial Landscape, 2019, 12 puzzle rings, wood, aluminum, fabricated sterling, 6 x 6 x 5"
Jewelry Box #9, Aerial Landscape, 2019, 12 puzzle rings, wood, aluminum, fabricated sterling, 6 x 6 x 5"

Jewelry Box #10, Klimt

Jewelry Box #10, Klimt, 2019, 24 square and trapezoidal rings, paper, card, sterling silver, 14k and 18k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, 6 x 2 x 2"
Jewelry Box #10, Klimt, 2019, 24 square and trapezoidal rings, paper, card, sterling silver, 14k and 18k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, 6 x 2 x 2"
Jewelry Box #10, Klimt, 2019, 24 square and trapezoidal rings, paper, card, sterling silver, 14k and 18k yellow gold, various precious and semiprecious stones, 6 x 2 x 2"

Wand #1

Wand #1, 2019, brooch: sterling, monofilament, stainless steel, 11 x 6 x 6"

Wand #2

Wand #2, 2019, brooch: repoussed sterling, carved acrylic and micarta, stainless steel, 7 x 1 x 1/2"

Wand #3

Wand #3, 2020, brooch: sterling, pyrite in schist, stainless steel, 8 x 1 x 3/8"

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie, 2020, wood, aluminum, found chinese lantern, acrylic medium, 38 x 52 x 2"

Salome's Bidding,...

Salome's Bidding, Necklace for the Baptist, 2019, articulated neckpiece: silver-plate serving platter, brass, antler, vintage Czech glass cabochons, 15 x 15 x 3/4"
Salome's Bidding, Necklace for the Baptist, 2019, articulated neckpiece: silver-plate serving platter, brass, antler, vintage Czech glass cabochons, 15 x 15 x 3/4"