Wednesday, December 4, 2019

PRODUCTION AT THE FACTORY - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 4 December to 14 December, 2019.

'Production at the Factory' was a group exhibtion of artists who had exhibited and/or had residencies in the Factory 49 Paris space.  It involved 12 Australian and International artists - Caroline McGregor, Bart Koldewee, Elizabeth Bodey, Pam Aitken, Kevin Yu, Sandra Curry, Jan Handel, Pam Leung, Audrey Newton, Marta Ferracin and myself.

My work was a gouache on paper, 'Gombrich (So Deeply Ingrained Is Our Tendency To Regard Order As The Mark Of An Ordering MInd That We Instinctively React With Wonder Whenever We Percieve Regularity In The Natural World. Sometimes, In Walking Through A Wood, Our Eyes May Be Arrested By Mushrooms Arranged In A Perfect Circle. Folklore Calls Them Fairy Rings, Because It Seems Impossible To Imagine That Such Regularity Has Come About By Accident.'),  41cm x 82cm. 

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Detail
 

Friday, October 18, 2019

SALON REALITES NOUVELLES 2019 - Parc de Floral, Paris, France - 19 to 21 October, 2019

For the 2019 Salon Realities Nouvelles I exhibited the 'Cube Tower' that had been a part of my exhibition at Factory 49 Paris, 'Comprendre Pas'. That exhibiton finished on the 5th of October with the Salon opening on October 19th.  A big thank you to Pam Aitken for storing and delivering my work to the Parc Floral de Paris, and also to fellow Salon Participant, Canadian artist Carol Cooper for the photographs from the vernissage. 


Cube Tower, acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 201cm x 36cm x 36cm, 2019
Cube Tower, acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 201cm x 36cm x 36cm, 2019

Cube Tower, acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 201cm x 36cm x 36cm, 2019
Cube Tower, acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 201cm x 36cm x 36cm, 2019




Wednesday, September 11, 2019

COMPRENDRE PAS - Factory 49 Paris, 10 bis rue de Chaligny, 75012 Paris - September 11 to October 5, 2019

Cube Tower detail
I had the opportunity to present work in the Factory 49 project space in Paris.  The project is running for three years showing solo exhibitions of mostly Australian artists.  Each exhibition runs for a month with either the artist doing a residency in the space for the duration; or for three months of each year, Pam Aitken installs and sits the space during the exhibitions.  I went over for two weeks, installing the work and meeting up with many artists during the time I was there, with the exhibition continuing for a further two weeks.

The exhibition consisted of 7 gouache on paper works and 4 oil on canvas works from the 'Nothing to Say Here' series, and a box work 'Cube Tower'.  The 'Cube Tower' was constructed from as many flat-pack boxes as would fit in my suitcase.

I called the exhibition 'Comprendre Pas'  which translates as 'Understand Not'.  I wanted to refer to the misunderstanding/non-understanding of the 'Nothing To Say Here' works which are created from words and appear to follow a code, but do not follow any consistent system.  There is then a second level of misunderstanding when these works are shown in Paris as it depends on the viewers understanding of the English language, and my lack of knowledge of French.  And as a local pointed out, the phrase should correctly read 'Pas Comprendre' - I was aware of this but simply said that I comprendre pas? 


Cube Tower installation
4 x gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm each, 2015-2017
(works nos 1, 2, 3, 4, see list of works below)
3 x oil on canvas on board, 42.5 x 42.5 each, 2019
(works nos 8, 9, 10, see list of works below)
Purpose Of Art Is Mystery-Magritte, oil on canvas on board, 34cm x 34cm, 2019

Cube Tower installation


LIST OF WORKS
Kate Mackay
Born Sydney 1961, lives in Northern NSW Australia
kate.mackay@activ8.net.au
kate-mackay.blogspot.com
Comprendre Pas 11 September to 5 October, 2019

1. Art Is Everything You Don't Have To Do-Brian Eno, gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm, 2016. E80
2. The Art Of Simplicity Is A Puzzle Of Complexity-Douglas Horton, gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm, 2017. E80
3. Art Is The Lie That Enables Us To Realize The Truth-Pablo Picasso, gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm, 2017. E80
4. The Task Of Art Is To Bring Chaos Into Order-Theodor Adorno, gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm, 2015. E80
5. No Artist Tolerates Reality-Nietzche, gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm, 2016. E80
6. A Picture Is A Secret About A Secret-Diane Arbus, gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm, 2016. E80
7. Painting Is By Nature A Luminous Language-Robert Delaunay, gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm, 2016. E80
8. Painting Is By Nature A Luminous Language-Robert Delaunay, oil on canvas on board, 42.5cm x 42.5cm, 2019. E350
9. No Artist Tolerates Reality-Nietzche, oil on canvas on board, 42.5cm x 42.5cm, 2019. E350
10.A Line Is A Dot That Went For A Walk-Paul Klee, oil on canvas on board, 42.5cm x 42.5cm, 2019. E350
11.Purpose Of Art Is Mystery-Rene Magritte, oil on canvas on board, 34cm x 34cm, 2019. E250
12.Cube Tower, acrylic on cardboard with yarn, 192cm x 36cm x 36cm, 2019, POA






Wednesday, July 31, 2019

ANNUAL GROUP SHOW - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 31 July to 10 August, 2019.

The Factory 49 Annual Group Show for 2019 included the work of 35 Australian and International artists.
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My work was an oil on canvas on board - 'If You Look At A Thing Long Enough It Loses All It's Meaning - Andy Warhol'.
'If You Look At A Thing Long Enough It Loses All It's Meaning - Andy Warhol', oil on canvas on board, 51cm x 51cm, 2018.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

THE COMMITTEE SHOW, 2006-2019 - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 19 June to 29 June, 2019.

'The Committee Show' included the work of a number of the artists who had served on the Factory 49 committee from its inception in 2006.  The artists shown were Pam Aitken, Harry Aizemberg, Tania Alexander, Amarie Bergman, Mandy Burgess,Tara Lyubicic, Ro Murray, Chris Packer, Molly Wagner and myself.

My work was a 4 panel oil on canvas 'Circle Square' painting from 2017.

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kate mackay, painting, non objective, factory 49, geometric abstraction,
Circle Square Intermediate, oil on canvas, 4 panels, 36cm x 36cm each, 2017



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

NOTHING TO SAY HERE - Five Walls, Level 1/119 Hopkins St, Footscray, 3011, Melbourne - May 22 to June 8, 2019

My solo exhibition at Five Walls gallery in Footscray, Melbourne with works from my "Nothing To Say Here" series in which arrangements of circles and squares are determined by random artists' quotes. 

CLICK HERE for the video of the exhibition.


"For me, painting is arranging colour and shape on a surface. There is no subject. This series of paintings started with a quote from John Cage, “I have nothing to say and I am saying it”. They are constructed using quotes from various artists, writers, and thinkers that have been chosen because they refer to ideas of understanding and misunderstanding of the visual. The paintings are produced using a code which is not explained or expanded upon. They may contain deeper meanings or they may simply be arrangements of colour and shape".  Kate Mackay, May 2019


See the list of works at the bottom
Works 1,2,3,4,5,6, oil on canvas on board, 51cm x 51cm each, 2018
Works 7,8,9,10, oil on canvas on board, 42.5cm x 42.5cm each, 2019
Work 11, oil on canvas on board, 68cm x68cm, 2018

Works 13,14, oil on canvas on board, 34cm x 34cm each, 2019

Works 15,16,17, oil on canvas on board, 47cm x 47cm each, 2019

Saturday, December 8, 2018

AT8 ARTICULATE TURNS EIGHT - Articulate Project Space, 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt, 8 to 23 December 2018

Articulate Project Space celebrated their 8th birthday with "Articulate Turns Eight"
Everybody who had shown in the space over the last eight years were invited to participate and the artists who exhibited were Alison Clouston, Anya Pesce, Ambrose Reisch, Anke Stรคcker, Asher Millgate, Barbara Halnan, Beata Geyer, Bettina Bruder, Bill Moseley, Brigitta Gallaher, Caitlin Hespe, Chantal Grech, Ebony Secombe, Elizabeth Ashburn, Elizabeth Hogan, Elizabeth Rankin, Elke Wohlfahrt, Ella Dreyfus, Fiona Kemp, Genevieve Carroll, Jane Burton Taylor, Jeff Wood, Jenee O’Brien, Jody Graham, Julian Day, Juliet Fowler Smith, Kate Mackay, Laine Hogarty, LInden Braye, Lisa Andrew and Rachel Buckeridge, Lisa Sharp, Liz O’Reilly, Mandy Burgess, Margaret Roberts, Michael Jalaru Torres, Mireille Eid, Molly Wagner, Nadia Odlum, Noelene Lucas, Nola Farman, Pam Kleemann, Parris Dewhurst, Paul Sutton, Renay Pepita, Ro Murray, Ros Cook, Rox De Luca, Sarah Woodward, Sardar Sinjawi, Sonja Karl, Steven Cavanagh, Steven Fasan, Sue Callanan, Sue Pedley, Suzanne Bartos, Vilma Bader and Virginia Hilyard.

It was a great excuse to go to Sydney for the weekend and catch up with everybody.  My work was "A Man Paints With His Brain And Not With His Hands - Michelangelo" from my "Nothing To Say Here" series.

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"A Man Paints With His Brain And Not With His Hands - Michelangelo", oil on canvas on board, 51cm x 51cm, 2018 (photo credit Glenn Locklee)