Whitewash

Paintings: oil on linen, toner on silk, graphite on paper

2006-2008

McCallum & Tarry

Untitled (after Pete Harris, Elizabeth Eckford: One of the Little Rock Nine, 4 September 1957), 2006

This series of paintings, photographs, and drawings is based on historical images from the Civil Rights Movement, and considers how race is passed on through the legacies of family and social history, through place, genetic memories, blood lines, and images.

David Spalding, a critic and curator based in Beijing writes:

”In Whitewash, McCallum and Tarry take the past upon themselves and quite literally, using their bodies as screen onto which viewers project the fading, urgent histories of American race relations. If the details of these histories are eroding, their power continues to mediate even our most intimate relationships. As Whitewash suggests, if we actively recover the past and consider the ways we embody it, we can begin to forge the futures we imagine.” *

*David Spalding, 2006, "Enlivening Memories, Embodying Histories: Uncovering the Promise of Whitewash”

Exhibitions

Another Country

Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

2008

The Other Mainstream II

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

2008

Bloodlines

Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

2007

Whitewash & Cut

Lisa Dent Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007

Now, Tomorrow & Forever

Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2007

Whitewash

Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

2006

Whitewash

F2 Gallery, Beijing, China

2006