View In Room
View In Room
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 25.4cm (H) x 25.4cm (W) x 4.1cm (D) / 10" (H) x 10" (W) x 1.6" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The oldest intentional marks in paint that we know of include geometric shapes on walls deep within caves in France, Spain and Indonesia. In my work, I strive to give the viewer access to the perspective of these original painters. It was at this point in our collective history that we took the first steps towards impressing our symbolic representations on the world. We applied the structure of oral language to the structure of the repeated marks in paint and, in doing so, created the symbol. Ultimately, this led to the creation of writing, which, while astounding in its scope to encompass reality, is necessarily limited. I believe that the limitations inherent in symbolic representation now constrain the image and stop us from recognizing the importance of the image that lies outside the scope of its symbolic meaning. By focusing on simple forms that do not refer to anything outside themselves, my work reveals the importance of the image in its original state, before symbolic meaning has been applied to it.
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Hometown: Toronto Ontario
Based in: Edmonton Alberta
David Ian MacKinnon is a Canadian abstract artist. His work explores the limits of expression found in non-representational forms.
The building blocks of David’s work come from the art, architecture and landscape that surround him. David has lived and travelled in Canada, England, Scotland, Spain and South Korea. He has collected aspects of visual culture from each of these countries. This collection of visual inspiration serves as a mental catalogue that David calls upon in creating his work.
David currently lives and works in Edmonton Alberta.
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