Monday, December 28, 2020

ARTICULATE TURNS TEN - Articulate Project Space, 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt - 29 December 2020 to 3 January 2021

 Articulate Turns Ten was the end of year exhibition involving a number of artists who had been involved in the space over the previous ten years.

CLICK HERE to go to a post of the exhibition on the Articulate blog.

The show included the work of Susan Andrews, Vilma  Bader, Bettina Bruder,  Mandy Burgess and Ro Murray, Jane Burton Taylor, Curtis Ceapa, Sue Callanan, Rox De Luca, Parris Dewhurst, Ella Dreyfus, Nicole Ellis, Bonita Ely, Steven Fasan, Sarah Fitzgerald, Juliet Fowler Smith, Beata Geyer, Simone Griffin, Philippa Hagon, Barbara Halnan, Jan Handel, Kendal Heyes, Isobel Johnston and Jude Crawford, Sonja Karl, Fiona Kemp, Michelle Ledain, Noelene Lucas, Kate Mackay, Diane McCarthy, Mahalya Middlemist, Raymond Matthews, Sue Murray, Sue Pedley and  Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Renay Pepita, Anya Pesce, Elizabeth Rankin, Che Ritz, Margaret Roberts, Tamsin Salehian, Alan Schacher, Lisa Sharp, Anke Stacker, Voices of Women (Lliane Clarke), Molly Wagner, Gary Warner and Elke Wohlfahrt.

Being mid-covid, I contributed the work "Language Is A Virus - Laurie Anderson", oil on canvas, 38cm x 38cm, 2020.

photo credit: Articulate/Margaret Roberts

photo credit: Lisa Pang


L-R: Ella Dreyfus, Kate Mackay credit: Articulate/Margaret Roberts


Sunday, December 27, 2020

NEW MODERN, RNOP MELBOURNE - THE ROAD PAINTINGS - Five Walls, Level 1, 119-121 Hopkins St, Footscray - 13 to 26 June, 2019 then to THE STORES BUILDING - North Parramatta - Oct 19, 2019

'The Road Paintings' was a group exhibition shown at Five Walls in Melbourne then at The Stores Building at Parramatta in Sydney as part of 'Coterie to Coterie'.  The exhibition was curated by Dr. Billy Gruner and co-curated in Melbourne by Aaron Martin.  The works resulted from ongoing exhibitions of post-contemporary reductive art as part of the Biennale of International Reductive and Non-Objective Art.
My contribution was a small work called 'Art Is Theft'.







"Art Is Theft", oil on canvas on board, 26cm x 26cm, 2018

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

BETWEEN BOREDOM AND CONFUSION - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 20 August to 29 August, 2020

This solo exhibition at Factory 49 in Marrickville, Sydney is a continuation of paintings from my "Nothing To Say Here" series, in which arrangements of circles and squares are determined by random artists' quotes. 

From the exhibition catalogue:

These works are a continuation of my series of paintings “Nothing To See Here”.  These paintings resulted from an initial work created in 2015 based on a quote from John Cage - “I have nothing to say and I am saying it”.  For me, painting is arranging colour and shape on a surface.  There is no subject.  With these paintings, ideas of repetition, process and random difference within uniformity are played with and explored.

 The series of paintings are created by repeated combinations of simple elements. The repetition and use of stencils leads to inevitable imperfection as the systems break down. These works are determined by quotes from artists and philosophers concerning the meaning, use and understanding of art. The arrangements of circles on squares relate directly to the quote used to title the work, although this is never made explicit. The viewer may come to realise that the work contains a kind of ’code’ and try to make further sense of it, determining whether the colour combinations used are random or contain direct relationships to the wording used.

 The title for this exhibition “Between Boredom and Confusion” is taken from a quote by the art theorist E.H. Gombrich.  The longer quote that is used to produce the painting, proposes that to be of interest aesthetically, an object, image or event must lie between boredom and confusion.  Too much monotony loses our interest, too much novelty overloads our senses.  This seemed to sum up the recent unusual times within which these latest batch of paintings have been produced.

 Kate Mackay, July 2020

CLICK HERE for a VIDEO of the exhibition


top: No Great Artist Ever Sees Things As They Really Are – Oscar Wilde (2018) bottom: Art Does Not Reproduce What We See, It Makes Us See – Paul Klee (2018) Oil on canvas on board, 51cm x 51cm each

left: Some Painters Transform The Sun Into A Yellow Spot Others Transform A Yellow Spot Into The Sun – Pablo Picasso (2018) right: The Aim Of Art Is To Represent Not The Outward Appearance Of Things But Their Inward Significance - Aristotle (2020) Oil on canvas on board, 68cm x 68cm each

Working With Knowns Is The Space For The Unknown To Occur – Robert Hunter (2020) Oil on canvas on board, 55cm x 55cm

A Picture Is A Secret About A Secret – Diane Arbus (2019) Oil on canvas on board, 42.5cm x 42.5cm


top left: If You Look At A Thing Long Enough It Loses All Its Meaning – Andy Warhol (2018) top leftA Man Paints With His Brains And Not With His Hands - Michelangelo (2018) bottom left: An Artist Discovers His Genius The Day He Dares Not To Please – Andre Malraux (2018) bottom rightAn Artist Is Somebody Who Makes Things That People Don’t Need – Andy Warhol (2018) Oil on canvas on board, 51cm x 51cm each



left: Art Is Art, Everything Else Is Everything Else – Ad Reinhardt (2019) centre:The Task Of Art Is To Bring Chaos Into Order – Theodor Adorno (2019) right: Art Is Everything You Don’t Have To Do – Brian Eno (2019) Oil on canvas on board, 47cm x 47cm each

Purpose Of Art Is Mystery – Rene Magritte (2019) Oil on canvas on board, 34cm x 34cm


top: Painting Is By Nature A Luminous Language – Robert Delaunay (2019) centre: No Artist Tolerates Reality - Nietzsche (2019) bottom: A Line Is A Dot That Went For A Walk – Paul Klee (2019) Oil on canvas on board, 42.5cm x 42.5cm each



top: However We Analyse The Difference Between The Regular And The Irregular, We Must Ultimately Be Able To Account For The Most Basic Fact Of Aesthetic Experience, The Fact That Delight Lies Somewhere Between Boredom And Confusion.  If Monotony Makes It Difficult To Attend, A Surfeit Of Novelty Will Overload The System And Cause Us To Give Up; We Are Not Tempted To Analyse The Crazy Pavement. -E.H.Gombrich (2020)
bottom: So Deeply Ingrained Is Our Tendency To Regard Order As The Mark Of An Ordering Mind That We Instinctively React With Wonder Whenever We Perceive 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. - E.H.Gombrich (2020)

Oil on canvas on board, 136cm x 64cm each


installation view


installation view























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. 

CLICK HERE for a copy of the Catalogue.
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.
CLICK HERE for a copy of the catalogue.

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.