Park McArthur (born 1984, North Carolina, USA) is an artist living in New York City who works in sculpture, installation, text, and sound. McArthur is a wheelchair user whose work uses this position to inform her art.
Life and work
McArthur graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Miami in 2009 and studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, 2011-2012. About McArthur's 2014 exhibition Ramps, wherein the artist exhibited the wheelchair ramps of institutions with which she had previously worked, writer Andrew Blackley said, "The exhibition displayed the means by which institutions both produce and deny access. Each ramp challenged reappraisal and reinforced a set of past and future foreclosures. ‘Ramps’ enlisted generative, generous responses to the negativity of the institution, to the point of engendering the reproduction of those very negative characteristics (by removing the objects’ previously assumed ‘function’). By extension, at stake and always under threat are the threaded relationships between queerness and disability, the breakdown of their concomitant binaries and the temporality of care."
McArthur's work has been described as questioning of "care alongside questions of autonomy and dependency" in regards to the daily experience of disabled individuals. McArthur uses her work to challenge the status quo and give those who are usually marginalized by societal structures a voice. Her choice of medium are sculptures and installations that "conceptually driven and often composed of utilitarian materials such as blocks of foam or a Wikipedia entry." Her works elicit an “experience of activism and jerry-built ingenuity.”
In 2014, McArthur won the Wynn Newhouse Award, an annual prize given to disabled artists in recognition of their artistic merit.
McArthur is represented by Essex Street Gallery, New York, New York.
Notable solo exhibitions
- "New Work: Park MacArthur", SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017)
- "Poly", Chisenhale Gallery, London (2016)
- Yale Union, Portland, Oregon (2014)
- "Passive Vibration Isolation", Lars Friedrich, Berlin, Germany (2014)
- "Ramps", Essex Street, New York, New York (2014)
Selected group exhibitions
- "Incerteza viva: 32nd Bienal de São Paulo", São Paulo, Brazil (2016)
- "Greater New York", MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2015)
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