°1945, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Based in Los Angeles, CA, United States
McCarthy's major works include performance, installation, film and "painting as action". His points of reference are rooted in things typically American – he is a critic of the mass media and consumer-driven society, double standards and repression. However, it is European avant-garde art that had the most influence on his artistic language. Initially, McCarthy sought to break the limitations of painting by using the body as a paintbrush or even canvas; later, he incorporated bodily fluids or food into his works. From painting McCarthy evolved to transgressive performance art and psychosexual events testing the emotional limits of both artist and viewer.