MoCP Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Photography / Columbia College Chicago | 600 S. Michigan Ave
IL-60605 Chicago

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Paula McCartney`s densely wooded landscapes are enlivened, ironically, by brightly colored craft store songbirds. While the deceit is more obvious in some pictures than others, what bears noticing is how these faux fowl punctuate their environments both as formal elements carefully arranged amid the brush and branches, and as a curious construction that offers an idealized vision of nature undercut by the gentle satire of that ideal. McCartney began the Bird Watching series in 2003, and released a book with the same title co-published by Princeton Architectural Press and the MoCP in 2010.

Paula McCartney (b.1971; resides St. Paul, MN) holds a Certificate in Photography from the International Center of Photography, New York (1996), a BFA from Empire State College, New York (1998), and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute (2002). She is the recipient of a 2007 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers, a 2005 Womens Studio Workshop Artists Book Production Grant and a 2004 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographers Fellowship Grant. Recent solo exhibitions include Ornithological Interpretations at Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, Bird Watching at Womens Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York, and Constructed Landscapes at 364 Hayes Street Contemporary Art, San Francisco. Her work is also held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Arts Commission; and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

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Paula McCartney
Bird Watching