The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition highlights five Bay Area artists, each with a dedicated gallery, in their first major museum presentations: Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney, and Lindsey White. Everett’s paintings reveal traces of their making, evidence of deliberate and repetitive actions focused on movement and materials. In her intricately patterned compositions, McCarthy transforms surfaces into bursts of line and vibrant color. Using made and found photographs, McFarland reckons with the challenges of representing the landscape. Mooney incorporates natural, industrial, and hand-crafted elements in sculptures that explore the relationships between bodies and objects. In her most recent work, White takes humor seriously, making photographs and sculptures inspired by stage performers such as comedians and magicians.
The SECA Art Award, established in 1967 by SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, has recognized and brought broader visibility to more than 70 Bay Area artists.
Generous support for the 2017 SECA Art Award is provided by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art interest group, and Carlie Wilmans.