Past Exhibits

Lisa Mackie: Continuous Incident | Installation

Essay excerpt by Karen Wilkin

This material and formal complexity is echoed by the complexity of Mackie's images. With time we realize that the near abstract shapes are really specific: we focus on a hand or a foot, make sense of a gesture, or gliimpse an illuminating detail, and then the freewheeling, layered "abstraction before us becomes intelligible as an accretion of different silhouettes of the big-skirted women, variations on a theme, the figures superimposed, nested, within themselves, or swirled like fans. Over time too, we recognize congnates and repetitions of specific images made mysterious by changes in sequence or orientation.

 

 

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