Paul McCarthy — and Do Ho Suh — land at Laguna Gloria

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 10, 2014

Artist provocateur Paul McCarthy skewers American pop culture without apology.

In his sculpture and video McCarthy appropriates well-known icons, turning them into naughty, eroticized, hilarious, lewd, satirical, sometimes disturbing versions.

Now, McCarthy’s “White Snow #3” is on view at Laguna Gloria, the latest addition to the Contemporary Austin’s Marcus Sculpture Park.

Standing in a pile of scat, McCarthy’s slightly perverted riff on Disney’s Snow White character looks as though she’s disintegrating, bits of limbs and features blown off. Remants of the Seven Dwarves and their tools lay scattered at her feet.

And with no small amount of ironic intent on behalf of the museum, the bulbous cartoonish blackened bronze sculpture is displayed in the center of Laguna Gloria’s rather elegant sunken garden just to the side of the site’s regal 1916 Italianate mansion.

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Born in Salt Lake City in 1945 to a Mormon family, McCarthy has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1970. “White Snow #3” is on long term loan courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth Gallery.

Also now on view at Laguna Gloria is Do Ho Suh’s “Net-Work,” a shimmering installation that makes terrific use of the barge that’s just off the site’s amphitheatre. Suh’s fishing net-like material made of thousands of little gold and silver human figures creates a beguiling enclosure over the barge. “Net-Work” is part of the two-part exhibit of Suh’s work the Contemporary will host Sept. 20-Jan. 11

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