The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

By Robert Craig Bunch | Go to book overview

Edward Lane McCartney

Received November 22, 2010
Born 1964, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; lives in Houston

Figure 49. Edward Lane McCartney,
Necklace for National Mourning, 2009

Steel, plastic toy army men, cable ties, plastic garbage bags,
and paint, 54" × 54" × 9"

Courtesy of the artist and Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston

Photograph: Jack B. Zilker

Q During our walk through Dignity and Impudence, your 2010 show at Goldesberry Gallery in Houston, I was most surprised to hear you say, “I am not attached to my work at all. Once I’ve made it, I’m done with it.” This despite the meticulous craftsmanship and very personal experiences out of which your work often grows. Explain.

A People are often surprised by my lack of attachment to my own work. Ever present is the emotional attachment to a good piece that I’ve created, the time, the care, the craftsmanship, even the personal relationship during its evolution, the problem solving, the editing, and eventually its final finish. For that, I can revisit a photograph. The lack of a physical attachment is somewhat more pragmatic. Logistically, I can only accommodate a limited number of pieces in my studio and home; technically, I possess the ability to create anew; and emotionally, I am always gratified that someone likes a piece enough to call it their own and provide it a home. I’m not sentimental. It is very much a case of out with the old to make room for the new. I believe in closing one door before opening another. In that way I clear my own head for what is to come. I think that holding on stems from a fear you will never do anything as well again. I don’t have that fear.

Q The show’s centerpiece, installed at a kind of altar, is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (2010). At first glance it is a gorgeous bishop’s or Papal staff. But it is so much more. Describe the materials and construction of this piece, as well as the personal experience and menace lurking within.

AWolves in Sheep’s Clothing (2010) is a crosier, a liturgical symbol of office in the form of a shepherd’s staff, and is very much a fabricated and constructed piece, my preferred method of making. Literally it was fabricated from the ground up, starting with the fabricated metal tip, up through the cast acrylic rods to a central metal collar, continuing on to the fabricated gothic-inspired tower housing a clearstory of gothic arches which contains photographic images of children as if they were stained glass, and finally

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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