Andrew Mackenzie: TEMPORARY STRUCTURES &  James Lumsden: RESONANCE

24 - 27 May 2017

Sarah Myerscough Gallery present two solo shows by Scottish painters Andrew Mackenzie and James Lumsden running alongside each other at Herrick Gallery.

Andrew Mackenzie's new oil on panel paintings, which have been made over the past two years, take as their starting point the landscape of the Scottish Borders, where the artist lives. He has deliberately restricted himself to places within easy walking reach, or places that he encounters on the way through the woods between his house and his studio. The artist is concerned with the notion that one doesn’t have to travel far to uncover remarkable places; the familiar is transformative, depending on how you see it and how closely you pay attention.   His intricate and rich surfaces, reminiscent of textiles, show temporary geometric interventions in the landscape - abstracted from underlying forms, buildings and structures witnessed directly in the landscape – set within, or on top of, layered multi-perspective treescapes. They draw attention to the fact that the landscape has been constructed, adapted and arranged over many generations according to various human requirements, including agriculture, shelter, planting, leisure and transport, and show complex entanglements between nonhuman and human processes.

James Lumsden's work is primarily concerned with process – building translucent glazes of paint until an illusion of light and depth is achieved. The process involves the application of multiple thin glazes of acrylic paint and gloss medium. Each layer is dragged, pulled or manipulated with various implements – the process being repeated layer upon layer until the painting begins to emerge. Arrived at by both chance and deliberation, the final painting contains a rich interplay of organic marks and gestures, rhythmic layers and drags or pulls of paint, which can be seen through the translucence and depth of the work. The artist aims to create ‘open’ paintings, allowing the viewer's imagination to search and wander the surface of the canvas, questioning its making process. These are paintings, both aesthetically and metaphorically, about looking, searching, questioning and analysing what is presented.