Catherine Mackey will exhibit her paintings in X Materia at DZINE Gallery, October in San Francisco, and at SF Open Studios in November.Read More
At my upcoming Open Studio I have decided to show some of the “behind the scenes” work which I do to maintain a level of fun and energy in my artistic practice. This includes: Dry-point etching; Trace monotype; Screen printing; Figure drawing; Collage; and Sketching.Read More
My recent solo show in New York, “Taking Measure (Celebrating the City)”, focused on urban architecture at a large scale – factories, cityscapes, piers and apartment buildings. The paintings were appropriately large for the subject matter.
During the year I spent working on the show I occasionally felt the need to step out of the macro and into the micro. I was missing the urban details which I enjoy but which can’t really be included in large-scale cityscapes. So every now and then I gave my legs a rest, took an artistic vacation from the big wall-hung pieces, and sat at my table to create small paintings of doors.
(Click on the images for a slideshow.)
Doors are very popular subjects for artists and photographers – architectural reminders of our travels, manageable in scale and redolent of history and tradition. There are posters and coffee-table books of doors in places from Dublin to Dubai, Paris to Katmandu. A few years ago I created a painting series of doors I had seen in Morocco, and the act of painting their bright colors and ornate tile-work brought back the heat, sounds and smells of the streets where I had sketched.
This year’s doors are ones I have found while exploring urban and industrial areas. My paintings celebrate the rusting corrugated siding, battered steel, old locks, redundant signage, and ever-present graffiti. They preserve my memories of place and time.
Most of these paintings, and more, will be available from my upcoming Open Studio.
Open Studio 2017
Saturday & Sunday, November 11th & 12th, 11 – 6pm
Preview: Friday, November 10th, 6 – 9pm
1890 Bryant St. #204, San Francisco, CA 94110
This powerful and thought provoking installation is presented at Fort Winfield Scott at the north end of the Presidio in San Francisco. Curated by Cheryl Haines of FOR-SITE Foundation, the show brings together 18 contemporary artists from all over the world whose work explores the themes of identity, fear, exclusion, surveillance, and displacement in our unstable world. The military setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge adds to the impact of the art, its messages and questions. Every single piece I saw was visually and conceptually arresting. One piece frightened me and another reduced me to tears. Because I love drawing I am choosing Tirtzah Bassel’s Concourse to show here:
Bassel draws directly onto the walls, over pipes and windows, with duct tape. The gestural marks, staccato application, and limited palette conveyed the anxiety and confusion of going through the security area at an airport. It was the most wonderful drawing I’ve ever been in!