A reading with
30 April 23, 5pm
Venue: KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Registration via firstname.lastname@example.org
“In my best efforts to explore the personal, the intimate, the interior, I often found
myself instead in the realm of the hollow, the superficial, and the masked.” So
begins Common Ruin, a book of writings by artist Win McCarthy. Published in
parallel with the artist’s solo exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, critical
texts, personal reflections, material histories, and poetry are paired with artworks and
studio views. At once wavering and lucid, McCarthy’s writing explores the tensions
between interiority and exteriority, complexity and simplicity, friend and stranger, city
and citizen. Common Ruin unfolds an impossible dialogue with persistence and
humility—and the fragility that his work embodies.
Common Ruin is co-published by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König.