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Name: Andrew J McCauley
Statement: Andrew J. McCauley's work revolves around the effects that diseases like multiple sclerosis have on the body and mind. Atrophy and decline of the central nervous system are formalized as he incorporates parts of the human figure into a narrative landscape that act as a metaphor for memory loss. Characters are caught in the experience of nervous and circulatory system failure and, ultimately, a total loss of mobility. Each is surrounded by the deconstruction and fractioning of archetypal memories. The playful, intentionally unsophisticated forms act as a balance to lighten the heavy connotation of their decline. The story of dilapidation is linear and traditionally read from left to right; spaces between the forms symbolize the disconnection of the myelin sheath transmitting information, much like when the outer coating of a nerve begins to corrode. Amorphous, organic shapes that signify brain lesions creep in and over the canvas to reinforce the notion that these visual memories are being erased. McCauley's work provides a dark, inverted assessment of a body transcending into a state of complete system failure.

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The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide... Read more

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide call for art, overseen by a committee of community members and implemented by collection curators James and Michael Reese of Reese Brothers Productions. The artists represent the diversity of the Columbus community, cutting across age, gender and race.

Dates

Made: 2016
Installed: 2016

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Near C 150

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400 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Franklin County
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Materials

Acrylic, fabric and vinyl on canvas

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