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On Exhibit: Up close, but personal?

Mark McCarty's images featured in "Then & Now"

Written by Indiana Nash | 

Her skin (as does most) acts as a boundary between her and the outside world. It’s a subject that has fascinated McCarty since his first “Cara Mia” series: “Even more, they’re about my exploration of that thin, vulnerable, and mortal skin between all of us and the world. It whispers to us of our beauty and our flaws, our strength and our fragility.”  

Going through the exhibit, the viewer starts to feel as though they know MaryKate. Though in reality, of course, they know very little about her. They know only her freckled skin, the way that her hair clings to her back when it’s wet, and the way her shoulder looks underwater. It’s similar to how we can “know” people through Instagram and other platforms without really knowing them. 

That play on boundaries is only reinforced by the fact that some of the photographs were taken with various iPhone cameras. While some photographers treat the iPhone’s camera with a certain level of disdain, McCarty embraces it and even marks the photos with exactly which version of the iPhone he used. 

Using an iPhone, rather than a Nikon or some other camera, points to the spontaneity of the photos as well as to the intimacy, especially as the iPhone has come to symbolize a piece of technology that many seem to be glued to for much of the day. 

Take the time to wander through “Then & Now,” which is up at the Albany Center Gallery (488 Broadway Suite 107, Albany) through Oct. 13. For a chance to meet McCarthy and learn more about the exhibition, head to the Gallery at 6 p.m. on Thu., Sep. 27. He’ll be giving an artist talk on his process, his goals, and his inspiration. For more information visit albanycentergallery.org

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