Corey McMahon at The Donna Beam Gallery.
Corey McMahon is a painter with a peaceful aura about him. Don’t be fooled. His experimental work is a fury of strategic risks. He was known for his large-scale abstraction coming in the UNLV MFA program and carried a solid rep.
An earlier work, a large abstraction painting, was on the back wall of then CAC gallery for a group show. It caught the eye of art critic Dave Hickey, who was sitting on his throne across the room waiting to speak on “25 Women: Essays on Their Art.” Hickey looked up from his cup of coffee, saw the large canvas with fierce Pollack-like brush strokes and grumbled, “Who the hell did that? . . . It’s good.”
Then McMahon wanted to go past paintings. He left his safe house to explore ideas. Once, when the graduate art students held an open house, he checked out hardbound dissertations from the UNLV library and stacked them in a display window. He called it ‘An Investigation of Analysis of. . .” His midway exhibition wasn’t what was expected. So what? I thought. That’s the point, isn’t it? Take a chance.
His thesis show opens February 26. From his description, while assembling and painting, he is exploring the idea of accidents.
I am looking forward to his show. The artist reception is March 9.
February 26 - March 10
Reception March 9, 2018