SOLO EXHIBIT: ANN MCCOY, “The Alchemist of Pfaueninsel”
Show Duration: February 11th – March 15, 2011.
Caporale/Bleicher Gallery is pleased to present “The Alchemist of Pfaueninsel”, a fairytale installation by internationally celebrated Los Angeles expatriate Ann McCoy. The exhibit will feature an engaging installation of mixed media pieces inspired by her ongoing interest in mythology, and alchemy, and depth psychology. McCoy’s return to the Los Angeles area after nearly thirty years is met with excitement and anticipation, and coincides with her inclusion in the “LA Rising” , an encyclopedia of influential Los Angeles artists before the 80’s.
Ann McCoy’s spiritual insight and alchemical philosophies collide in “The Alchemist of Pfaueninsel”, an exhibit in which each work represents a conscious journey, both physical and psychological. Ann discovered the Pfaueninsel (peacock island) when she was on the D.A.A. D. in Berlin in 1977, the same year Werner Herzog made his film “Heart of Glass” on the subject of the ruby glass. She revisits the island through as metaphor to contemporary context, seeing the artist’s role as a ‘light bringer in a time of darkness’. McCoy received a full page in the Berliner Zeitung for her recent Berlin exhibit on this subject . She has been celebrated and collected internationally through the most prestigious art institutions, awards and auction houses in the arts including MOMA, the Whitney and the National Gallery of Australia.
Ann worked with C.G. Jung’s main heir Dr. C.A. Meier in Zurich for twenty eight years, and has studied alchemy both in texts and in her dreams. She currently teaches a class on visual iconography at Yale, exploring dream material. A thirty year student of alchemy and dreams, McCoy brings her understanding of depth psychology as a transformative social force, and agent for change.