John Kissick // Landon Mackenzie Opening Reception

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Katzman Contemporary says
KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY presents
JOHN KISSICK
burning of the houses of cool man, yeah
NOVEMBER 19 to JANUARY 7

"Over the past few years, I have become somewhat obsessed with JMW Turner's extraordinary painting of The Burning of the Houses of Parliament. The work speaks to multiple preoccupations in my own practice – ranging from painterly theatricality, artifice and obfuscation, to the visceral response of materials, and the lingering potential of metaphor – to both invigorate and complicate readings. I particularly am interested in how a certain "staging" of history is churned through the materiality of paint and the conventional language of the artist into something both fundamentally true and untrue. The parallels to the making of abstract art today seem clear. It is here where I consistently situate my own studio practice, hovering between a kind of feigned authenticity for the expressionist mark, and a very real, almost desperate desire to situate a self among the ruins of all this constructed language." – John Kissick (2016)

KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY presents
LANDON MACKENZIE
Mirror (Square) and Blue Web
NOVEMBER 19 to JANUARY 7

"In Mirror (Square), patterns become discernable as the viewer takes a longer look. And with this closer looking, the squares appear to move in and out into the picture planes they share in common, as seen by the unique experience of colour in each of us. In making this work, I set up a system or a game. For each colour square on the left side there is an equivalent on the right – for each square on right side there is an equivalent on the left.

I am interested in the hemispheres and parallel systems of left and right in the nervous system, as well as the basic ideas of mirror neurons. A simple introduction from Wikipedia is as follows: 'A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron "mirrors" the behaviour of the other, as though the observer were itself acting.'" – Landon Mackenzie (2016)
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By: Katzman Contemporary