October 2-26,2019
The Red Head Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday October 10, 5:30-8 PM

Learning to Dance, 2019
Oil on linen, 54 x 48 inches

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to announce CAPRICE, an exhibition of new work by Ian Mackay. The show will open on October 2 and remain on view through October 26, 2019. An opening preview will be held on Saturday, Oct 5, from 2 PM until 5 PM, and a reception will be held on Thursday, October 10 from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Drawing on the legacies of both figurative and abstract painting, Mackay presents a series of works depicting subjects and scenarios that resonate with larger issues in our current political and cultural landscape. Caprice means a sudden unpredictable change, a whimsy, without apparent or adequate motive, a falling apart of our social, political, and spiritual order. Caprice also describes the artist's approach to art-making for this exhibition. Exploratory and provisional, these works combine humour, accident, automatic drawing, and expressionistic colour, to vivify anxious states of mind or soul that should surprise no one these days.

Influenced by early 20th century Expressionist artist groups, and images of 1950’s rock’n’roll , this exhibition features some of Mackay’s large semi-abstract pastel works and smaller “portrait” oil paintings of figures in crisis. In the Zoomorphic Redaction pastel series, Mackay places vertical stacks of colour reminiscent of his earlier block paintings, on top of gesticulating organic forms suggesting that animal morphology is being overlaid by the human-made. The anonymous figures in the portrait paintings are caught in some kind of struggle with the present conditions of life on a faltering planet. Mackay’s use of vivid colour and emotional tension intensify the experience of the viewer.

On a Pedestal, 2019 Oil on Wood, 21.5 x 18 inches

On a Pedestal, 2019
Oil on Wood, 21.5 x 18 inches