2019 MAY EXHIBIT
A long-time represented artist at Sager Braudis Gallery, Cody McLouth returns this month with paintings diminutive in scale but impactful in their treatment of the unpeopled scenes Midwesterners will find thoroughly, sometimes nostalgically, familiar. The artist has always been interested in the way memory and perception influence experience, and how the identifiable features of a place -but also the not-easily-identifiable, general sense of a place–can become familiar to us. It’s this intimate familiarity that really connects us to a place, McLouth says. Carwashes, ball fields, parking lots, and junk piles are the everyday scenery and backdrop of life, and these day-to-day elements of our landscape make up the proverbial backyard we call home, elevated by McLouth’s tender focus.
2016 SUMMER EXHIBIT
Cody McLouth depicts with reverence and romanticism the neon-lit nights of anywhere, Midwest. For his second exhibition with Sager Braudis Gallery, the artist has dialed in his subject matter, focusing on the carnival. Notably absent of figures, the oil paintings evoke an eerie solitude. McLouth emphasizes atmosphere and mood with light saturation, and each painting’s spacial context allows the viewer to inject themselves into the work as surrogate figure. The intimately diminutive paintings are at once approachable yet esoteric, dark yet colorful, nostalgic yet uplifting, and the work maintains a refreshingly unique perspective of the heartland that can, above all, be felt.