John Berger Now

I am pleased to be presenting a paper at the John Berger Now conference at Canterbury Christ Church University, September 11th-13th 2017.

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Dougal McKenzie: A Dream and an Argument, 30 June – 8 October, 2017, the MAC, Belfast

Slavka Sverakova

Installation, from the left: Set for Painting; History Painting; Eremite; Netherbow I; Netherbow II.

Whatever subject, motif, intention,  McKenzie  leans towards being a history painter born in  Scotland, a root  which he intensely identifies with as if it were palpably one living organism akin to a family.  With few exceptions, McKenzie frames and re-frames a memory  kernel by  abstract right angled areas, or by parallel brushstrokes  so dry as to almost evaporate (History Painting)   around a biomorphic, decidedly not isomorphic,  floating irregular shape.  That is an exception though.  The most severe case of importance of framing is the largest of the exhibits, Set for Painting ( Quad) due to the addition of wooden frame and a separate cover of the painting’s dorso, covering another painting,  invisible to the viewer. A slight imprint of a rectangle in its top area is a sign of a possible presence, an the empty…

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