Then and Now, Lisa Mackie’s large-scale multimedia installation
will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on Friday,
September 6. The exhibition will remain on view through
transforms the gallery space into a rich environment within itself,
sated with imaginative hanging solar objects – sun and moon,
provocative color in mixed media paintings, free-standing sculpture
and a video projection with narrative voice-over of Béla Bartók’s “Mikrokosmos.”
abstract painter, master printer and ambitious storyteller
fascinated with the ancient organism, the Horseshoe Crab, ardently
seeks to convey the common characteristics of evolution between
human and creature by using the horseshoe crab metaphorically.
often speaks of her work as being a composite of her psyche.
Here, she assumes subject character, and as protagonist, leads us
through the venturesome environment. “ I am this Horseshoe
Crab, floundering and yet harmonious with the waves,” writes Mackie
in her poem, The Horseshoe Crab Here Then and Now.
Characteristically, Mackie casts a specific synthesis of decisions
when staging her environment--objects, media, placement,
orientation, scale and color. Here, Mackie evokes through
metaphor the concept of the beginning of life with display of life
size, free-standing sculptures that symbolize The Woman Who Fell
employs filmic storytelling with video images cast upon an immense
wall painting and with herself as voice-over, continuing the drama
of the dual ability of the horseshoe crab and human to survive in
this ever changing environment. “ As a beautiful female, shiny, wet,
smooth classic shape, I walk the beach under the full Strawberry
Moon. The crevices of my shell are packed with eggs that are
over spilling everywhere.” (Strawberry Moon, 2018).
Mackie’s color-laden book titled The Horseshoe Crab Here Then and
Now, with multiple images that, while abstract, convey, with
every turned page, unity, through a story line from a collection of
Mackie’s thoughts perceiving the life of the historic 440 million
year-old creature. Mackie as both narrator and protagonist
allows as voyeur, the perceptive viewer, to witness tenacity with
ongoing renewal as in her book every turned page is indeed a
Then and Now reflects the artist’s process in which innumerable
variations on the central theme of life progression have been
brought together in a spirited musing. It is the life cycle
itself – human and animal- that has been devised to amazing dramatic
effect by Mackie.
native of Detroit, Mackie received a BFA from the University of
Michigan and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. She
lives and works in New York City. Mackie is represented in
numerous private and corporate collections, including The Baltimore
Museum of Art, MD, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA, Brooklyn Museum,
NY, Worcester Art Museum, MA, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN,
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, NJ,
Yale University Art Gallery, CN, National Museum, Poznan, Poland,
and the Japan Trade Corporation.