Suspicious of Rooms Without Music or Atmosphere: Paintings by McDermott and McGough
Photorealistic paintings of movie scenes.
The paintings are generally composed of two separate “images” from different movies, one black-and-white and one color, allowing for new and alternate readings of existing narratives. Rendered on a two-dimensional surface, the scene’s original context is frozen, its meaning repositioned. While the female protagonist is often a recognizable actress (Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, etc.), McDermott and McGough deny the importance of this factor—they look instead for expressions which convey emotional impact. Scenes in which a choice must be made or has just been made are especially tension-filled, and the resulting paintings become emblematic of this internal drama. – Cheim & ReadMcDermott & McGough consists of visual artists David McDermott and Peter McGough—contemporary artists known for their work in painting, photography, sculpture, and film and for using alternative historical processes in their photography.