In his new exhibition, A Form of Remembering, Ian Mackay continues his dialogue with modern art history using a radically expanded visual vocabulary. The resulting abstract works, a mash-up of stylistic impulses and unexpected conglomerations, are at once both familiar and surprising. Interlocked shapes, stenciled grids, splashy gestures, meandering lines, squeegeed smears, combine in a shallow illusory space, to suggest modernist interiors or mythic landscape.
The generative force of Mackay’s practice is his experimental drawing, some of which are included in the exhibition. In a fanning-out kind of questioning, Mackay pursues interesting tensions between accident and intention, surface and depth, materiality and illusion, all the while searching for the immanent in painting.