Friday, June 28, 2013

ONLY JUST BEGUN - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 29 May-8 June, 2013

'Only Just Begun' was a solo exhibition at Factory 49 of paintings and paper and cardboard works.  All of the works were derived from my paintings of squares and circles that I have been calling 'One & the Same'.  

The painting consisted of 16 panels on which the small square and circle motifs were enlarged and broken up over separate canvas; the paper work did the same thing, but was constructed from cut out coloured pieces of paper, and the cardboard works played with a range of possibilities using shape and colour.

Each work is constructed from a random layering of elements, with the panels being hung in a random (grid) arrangement - each hanging could see the pieces being arranged in a different order, yet the result would probably appear much the same...

From the catalogue -
On the surface it would seem that making paintings that only consist of circles and squares would be very limiting – seen one, you’ve seen them all.  But then you change the colours, change dimensions, play around with materials – the permutations within the boundaries are limitless – we’ve only just begun...

CLICK HERE for a copy of the Catalogue and CLICK HERE for a video of the exhibition.

'One & the Same: Expanded', oil on canvas, 16 panels, 35cm x 35cm each,  2012-13
'One & the Same: Expanded', detail
'One & the Same: Paper', cardboard, paper & pva, 64 pieces, 17cm x 17 cm each, 2012-13

'One & the Same: Cardboard Constructions', cardboard, acrylic paint & pva, 16 pieces, 35cm x 35cm each, 2011-13

'Only Just Begun', installation

Below are separate photos of the 17 'Cardboard Construction' (each 35cm x 35cm) - 16 were hung in a grid in the main space, with one hung on its own in the office project space.


'Only Just Begun', Office Project Space Installation
'Flat Cube', cardboard, acrylic paint and yarn, 105cm x 105cm, 2013

'Flat Cube', detail
'One & the Sample: Sample 1', oil on board, 15cm x 15cm, 2013
'One & the Sample: Sample 2', oil on board, 15cm x 15cm, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

FACTORY 49@STEPHEN McLAUGHAN GALLERY - Room 8, Level 16, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne - 22 May- 8 June, 2013

Stephen Wickham and Pam Aitken selected a group of artists from Sydney and Melbourne for a show at the Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in Melbourne.  The artists were Pam Aitken, Susan Andrews, Tim Bass, Tracey Coutts, Andrew Christofides, Kate T Deacock, Kendal Heyes, Kate Mackay, Liz Shreeve, Paul Snell and Stephen Wickham. 

I exhibited 3 'One & the Same' paintings - white, colour and black.  CLICK HERE for a video of the exhibition.

kate mackay, factory 49, stephen mclaughlan gallery, painting, geometric abstraction, non objective
'One & the Same: White, Colour, Black', oil on canvas, 45cm x 45cm each, 2013
kate mackay, factory 49, stephen mclaughlan gallery, painting, geometric abstraction, non objective
While in Melbourne I visited the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square where they had an exhibition called 'Mix Tape 1980s'.  I started at art school in the middle of the 1980's and walking around this show was a revisiting of all the stuff that I was looking at during my time at Sydney College of the Arts.
(CLICK HERE for an ABC video of the show)
I then saw the Steig Persson and gasped! - I had completely forgotten it - I had completely forgotten that I had completely copied it, but I recognised it immediately and realised that it was absolutely crucial to the paintings that I began doing at the time.  Here is the Steig Persson and a detail of the central section that I 're-imagined'...

I copied the grid and the monochrome, and I used a stencil for the first time to produce repeated flower motifs on 2 paintings - one with white flowers on a black background and one with black flowers on a white background....thank you Mr Persson...

kate mackay, painting, 1988,

kate mackay, painting, 1988,
'Untitled: White & Black', oil and wax on canvas, 150cm x 90cm each, 1988