The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) is proud to present three new exhibitions. Eminent Domain, paintings by Mark Messersmith; the second exhibition, Fractured Form, features Philip Evett and Ansen Seale in an installation of sculpture and photography curated by Kevin Vogel, owner of Valley House Gallery. The third exhibition, Collage of Coincidences, features a collaborative show by Dean Corbitt and Curtis Scott. The opening reception will be Saturday, October 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The MAC, located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, which is in the Uptown District of Dallas. The show will run through November 7, 2009.
In the large gallery, Mark Messersmith: Eminent Domain shows three-dimensional paintings by the Florida based artist. Messersmith’s works depict the density of wildlife subject matter in each of his Maximalist paintings, augmented by carved pediments installed above the canvas, mixed media dioramas attached below and occasionally, objects dangling in front of the canvas. He combines all of these elements in an inventive and powerful way to tell stories of environmental changes and their profound effects on wildlife along the edges of suburbia in the American South. Messersmith works has been acquired from: the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Florida, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art in Jacksonville, Florida; Musee du Haut-de-Cagnes at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, and Florida State University Museum of Art, Florida State University at Tallahassee, Florida.
The square gallery will feature Kevin Vogel’s curatorial piece: Fractured Form, with the works of San Antonio based artists Philip Evett and Ansen Seale. Evett’s organic wooden sculptures focus on the exploration of the unplanned and the final product emerges in fluid assemblages of poised and smooth austerity. Seale works with a special digital panoramic camera of his own invention. Instead of mirroring the world as seen around us, this camera records a hidden reality. Apparent distortions in the images all happen in-camera, as the image is being recorded without the use of digital manipulations.
The new works space presents Dean Corbitt and Curtis Scott’s Collage of Coincidences. Friends of 45 years, they come together in artful friendship and collaboration. On the surface, they share a collage of coincidence. They are both same age, both same art school, both equally curious about the realm of expression capable by the human hand. Below the surface of their work are kindred yet distinct visions-an urban adventurer rooted in Dallas, the other an urbanite gone rural.
About the MAC
Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.
Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit www.the-mac.org. The MAC is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.