Friday, December 18, 2015

HAVE YOUR SAY - Articulate, 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt - 18 to 20 December, 2015

'Have Your Say' was the end of year exhibition for Articulate Project Space.  From the Articulate website - "Have Your Say is our 2015 end-of-year exhibition of spatial and experimental artwork by artists who have previously shown at Articulate. This year Articulate was prompted by the social and political crises facing the world to invite artists to have their say—about climate change, war, refugees, extinctions, the environment, the TPP or other concerns artists have".

CLICK HERE for a copy of the exhibition room sheet.

My contribution was 4 gouaches from my "Nothing To Say Here" series in which arrangements of circles and squares are determined by random artists' quotes.  The 4 works shown were - 'An Empty Canvas is Full', 'A Line is a Dot That Went For a Walk', 'The Task of Art is to Bring Chaos Into Order' and 'The Job of the Artist is to Deepen the Mystery'.

painting, geometric abstraction, kate mackay, articulate, gouache
"An Empty Canvas is Full", gouache on paper, 30cm x 30cm, 2015

painting, geometric abstraction, kate mackay, articulate, gouache
"A Line is a Dot That Went For a Walk", gouache on paper, 30cm x 30cm, 2015

painting, geometric abstraction, kate mackay, articulate, gouache
"The Task of Art is to Bring Chaos into Order", gouache on paper, 30cm x 30cm, 2015

painting, geometric abstraction, kate mackay, articulate, gouache
"The Job of the Artist is to Deepen the Mystery", gouache on paper, 30cm x 30cm, 2015




Thursday, November 26, 2015

DIRECTORS SHOW 2015 - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 26 November to 6 December 2015

The 2015 Directors Show in the Office Project Space at Factory 49 included work by myself and Marlene Sarroff, and introduced the new Directors for 2016 - Tania Alexander, Michelle Le Dain, Anya Pesce and Lisa Sharp.

My work was two gouaches on paper - prototypes for a series of "Nothing To Say Here" paintings that had been initiated by the painting that I made for "Bad Spelling" called "I have nothing to say and I am saying it".

CLICK HERE for a copy of the catalogue on the Factory 49 site, and HERE for a video of the works.

"The task of art is to bring chaos into order", gouache on paper, 29cm x 29.5cm, 2015
"Art is art. Everything else is everything else", gouache on paper, 29cm x 29.5cm, 2015


CARREMENT2 - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - 26 November to 5 December, 2015

Carrement2 was the final exhibition for the year at Factory 49 and the final exhibition that I was involved with as a Director. 
Carrement is an artist collective based in Paris founded by Milija Belic.  Carrement2 at Factory 49 was the first of the collectives' exhibitions to be held outside of Paris.  It contained the work of 30 International Artists and was organised by Bogumila Strojna. My work was the large 'Circle Square Construction' that I had sent for the previous Carrament exhibition.

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

Circle Square Construction, cardboard,acrylic and PVA, 58cm x 58cm, 2015






Sunday, October 18, 2015

SALON DES REALITES NOUVELLES 2015 - Parc Floral de Paris - 18 to 25 October 2015

My work for the 2015 Realities Nouvelles exhibition was a 4 panelled painting - Circle Square Expanded, with a small Circle Square painting for the petit work.

Thank you to Bogumila Strojna and Nathalie Lebeau for the installation shots.

Circle Square Expanded, oil on canvas, 4 panels, 70cm x 70cm, 2014
Installation view, image by Nathalie Lebeau
Installation view, image by Bogumila Strojna
Installation view, image by Nathalie Lebeau
Petit Works - Installation view, image by Bogumila Strojna
Petit Works - Installation view, image by Bogumila Strojna

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BAD SPELLING - Affiliated Text, Cross Art Books, 33 Roslyn St, Potts Point - 3rd June to 10th July 2015

BAD SPELLING was an Affiliated Text exhibition curated by Robert Lake at Cross Art Books. It involved 16 artists - Clementine Barnes, Sophie Coombs, Christine Dean, Dara Gill, Barbara Halnan, Andrew Hurle, Deliah King, Emma Langridge, Kate Mackay, Michael McIntyre, Jane O’Neill, Luke Parker, Robert Pulie, Elvis Richardson, Nick Strike and Simon Yates.  

The Affiliated Text project of Bronia Iwanczak and Lynne Barwick explored visual representations of language, with Bad Spelling focusing on abstract forms of language and interpretation.

My immediate response to the exhibition guidelines was my favourite quote from John Cage - "I have nothing to say and I am saying it" which I interpreted in a 'circle square' painting.  This work has now led me on to a new series of  'artists quotes' paintings - thank you Robert Lake!

CLICK HERE for the Affiliated Text post about the exhibition.

kate mackay, painting, affiliated text, cross art, geometric abstraction
I have nothing to say and I am saying it, oil on canvas, 2015
kate mackay, painting, affiliated text, cross art, geometric abstraction
Bad Spelling, installation view
kate mackay, painting, affiliated text, cross art, geometric abstraction
Bad Spelling, installation view

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

COLOUR ON THE CONCRETE - UTS Gallery, Lvl 4, 702 Harris St, Ultimo - 26 May to 26 June 2015

"Colour on the Concrete explores different approaches and uses of colour and abstraction within the UTS Art Collection linking art, design and architecture from the late 1960's to contemporary art practice" from the catalogue by Janet Ollevue, May 2015.

Janet Ollevue curated an exhibition combining existing works from the collection with invited contemporary artists.  A number of works were displayed in the UTS Gallery alongside the plates from a first edition of Josef Albers' Interaction of Colour, while a self-guided art walk around the Campus presented the diverse UTS collection.

CLICK HERE for the link to the UTS exhibition posting providing the full catalogue and images of many of the works from the collection.

I created a CUBE COLUMN where the form was built around an existing concrete column within the gallery space.
kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction


kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction

kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction

kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction

kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction

kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction

kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction

kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction

kate mackay, cube column, UTS, art, concrete, sculpture, geometric abstraction


 Click HERE and HERE for a couple of videos of the column.
   

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CORNER SUITE - Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville - April 2015


I exhibited a strange little thing that I called “CORNER SUITE” in the Office Project Space at Factory 49.  It consisted of crocheted cubes tied together and strung up in the corner...





"Corner Suite", yarn & foam, 110cm x 50cm x 50cm approx.




Sunday, April 12, 2015

CARREMENT 2 - Espace Christiane Peugeot, 62 Avenue de la Grande, Armee, Paris - 12th to 25th April, 2015

I was invited to be part of the "Carrement 2" exhibition held at the Christiane Peugeot Gallery in Paris.  Below is the invitation with the list of 28 artists involved.
"Carrement" translates roughly as "certainty".
Each artist was asked to submit 3 works of a small, medium and large size.  My works were Circle Square Constructions in cardboard, paper, acrylic and PVA.


paper, acrylic and PVA, 17cm x 17cm
cardboard, acrylic and PVA, 35cm x 35cm
cardboard, acrylic and PVA, 58cm x 58cm
Below are some installation shots 












Saturday, February 28, 2015

EIGHT + ONE, The Shop Gallery,112 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney - 28 February to 20 March, 2015

Eight + One was a group show of 9 artists curated by Bill Seeto.  The artists involved were Lynne Barwick, Edwin Easydorchik, Nola Farman, Barbara Halnan, Sahar Hosseinabadi, Bette Mifsud, Cecilia White, Elke Wohlfahrt and myself.  The exhibition changed each week with 3 artists being showcased in the front space of the gallery each week, with the other 6 artists works showing in the back space.  CLICK ON THIS LINK to go to the exhibition blog and CLICK HERE for a review of the exhibition by Mark Roberts. 
I exhibited a crocheted cube work, a cardboard cube tower and some paintings.










Friday, January 30, 2015

FERAL 4 - Articulate project space, 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt - January 30 to February 1, 2015

Feral 4 at Articulate project space was part 4 of a 5 part exhibition in which groups of work overlapped throughout each incarnation of the exhibition. It featured work by Dominic Byrne, Sue Callanan, Andrew Christie, Richard Dunn, Sarah Fitzgerald, Aude Fondard, Veronica Habib, Richard Kean, Kate Mackay, Melissa Maree, Christine Myerscough, Melissa Jane Palmer, Katya Petetskaya, Jannah Quill, Elizabeth Rankin, Kathryn Ryan, Ambrose Reisch, Helen L Sturgess, Helen M Sturgess and Mo Giddy, Yoshi Takahashi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Judith Torzillo and Jeff Wood.
I constructed a narrow 'screen' of multi-coloured crocheted cubes that hung from a ceiling rafter.
CLICK HERE for the link to the Articulate page about the show and HERE for a review by Lisa Sharp, and HERE FOR A VIDEO of the cubes.