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Cynthia Mulcahy: Kite Boy
‘Kite Boy’ (2008-2015), a single channel video collaboration between artists Cynthia Mulcahy and Robert Hamilton, presents the viewer with a tense portrait of a young boy flying a homemade kite.
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→ Cynthia Mulcahy is a Dallas-based conceptual artist whose large-scale intermedia works and ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that re-interpret cultural traditions while often addressing socio-political issues. Be it a community square dance or farming as street theater, her participatory public artworks place emphasis on notions of beauty, humility and human connectedness and function as temporarily appropriated spaces for social interaction. In like manner, Mulcahy’s interrelated practice of platforming the work of others through organizing/curating exhibitions has focused on pressing contemporary subjects such as modern warfare and American militarism.
Recent projects include Engines of War, an exhibition that examined the United States wars in Iraq and Afghanistan co-curated with Charles Dee Mitchell (NYC, 2013), Seventeen Hundred Seeds, a site-specific land work (an enormous cultivated farm field) collaboration with Robert Hamilton (Oak Cliff, 2012), and Square Dance: A Community Project, co-organized with Leila Grothe at the Trinity River Audubon Center (South Dallas, 2011). Square Dance proposed social engagement as art in the form of an outdoor seasonal community dance and was funded in part by an Idea Fund Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Reviews of Mulcahy’s work have met critical acclaim appearing in The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker and New York Magazine.
Kite Boy collaborator Robert Hamilton is a Dallas-based artist working across media including painting, photography and video. Hamilton and Mulcahy are currently collaborating on their evolving public art project Seventeen Hundred Seeds, most recently with two public art workshops held in conjunction with the Biblioteca Parque da Rocinha in the Rocinha favela community in Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the Brazilian government (2013 and 2014).
Photos: Copyright Josh Blaylock