• LANDON MACKENZIE

    TIME MACHINE

     

    may 7 - 28, 2022

  • Landon Mackenzie is widely admired for her immersive large-format paintings that are layered over time. Her iconic mark-marking references her research and personal experiences with geography, history and geometry. Included in this exhibition are new works from her ‘Time Machine’ series. With the title, Mackenzie pays homage to Joyce Wieland’s 1960’s painting of the same name that also has an orb motif, and is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mackenzie’s ‘Time Machine’ works are literally time-based, their surfaces evolving slowly over at least two years. They also share a strong visual likeness to a confluence of planets and other celestial bodies. In Time Machine No. 2, Mackenzie’s intuitive paths encourage readings of medieval stained glass or the mechanical workings of a clock. Time Machine No. 3, includes several opaque circles that create arresting optical illusions while also recalling moons in circulation. A third large-format painting, Pink Sky (Purple Bloom), presents a stunning example from her ‘Particle Paintings’ series, where hundreds of small dots ebb and flow, cluster and disperse. The particles can be interpreted on both a micro and macro level, relating to the constant flux of the world around us.

  • Landon Mackenzie, Time Machine No. 3, 2019-2021

    Landon Mackenzie

    Time Machine No. 3, 2019-2021 acrylic on linen
    82 1/2 x 114 in.
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    © Joseph Hartman
  • Landon Mackenzie, Time Machine No. 2, 2019-2021

    Landon Mackenzie

    Time Machine No. 2, 2019-2021 acrylic on linen
    82 1/2 x 126 in.
  • The theme of astronomy is carried into three smaller horizontal and vertical paintings that highlight Mackenzie’s ongoing interest in the moon. As a starting point in her research, she looked to the early navigation methods discovered by Galileo who charted the four moons of Jupiter in the early 1600s. Mackenzie also often refers to the moon as a centering and grounding force during her international and cross-Canada travels.

  • Landon Mackenzie, Pink Sky with Five Moons, 2021

    Landon Mackenzie

    Pink Sky with Five Moons, 2021 acrylic on canvas
    96 x 48 in.
  • Landon Mackenzie, Time Machine with 4 Moons (Yellow), 2020-2021

    Landon Mackenzie

    Time Machine with 4 Moons (Yellow), 2020-2021 acrylic on canvas
    48 x 96 in.
  • © Joseph Hartman
  • In the context of the exhibition, and central to Mackenzie’s practice, are several new works on paper. A more transportable medium, paper allows her to paint in different places and draw inspiration from new experiences. Throughout her career, she has completed several residencies, both self-initiated and appointed. Last June, she spent time in the Similkameen, a region known for its rugged dry sage landscape and river in southern British Columbia. Here she began her ‘Similkameen Series’ also referred to as Hidden Under Rocks. These works borrow from the minimal language she has always admired in the drawings of composer John Cage, as well as the earthly palette and specific terrain of the region.

    • Landon Mackenzie Hidden Under Rocks #1, 2021 ink, watercolour, and gesso on Red Star paper 23 1/2 x 39 1/2 in.
      Landon Mackenzie
      Hidden Under Rocks #1, 2021
      ink, watercolour, and gesso on Red Star paper
      23 1/2 x 39 1/2 in.
    • Landon Mackenzie Hidden Under Rocks #4, 2021 ink, watercolour, and gesso on Red Star paper 23 1/2 x 39 1/2 in.
      Landon Mackenzie
      Hidden Under Rocks #4, 2021
      ink, watercolour, and gesso on Red Star paper
      23 1/2 x 39 1/2 in.
  • Landon Mackenzie, A Purple Line, 2020

    Landon Mackenzie

    A Purple Line, 2020 ink and watercolour on Red Star paper
    22 1/4 x 26 in.
  • Landon Mackenzie, Long Way Home, 2020

    Landon Mackenzie

    Long Way Home, 2020 ink, watercolour and gesso on Red Star paper
    23 x 41 in.
  • Landon Mackenzie, Blue Niagara, 2020

    Landon Mackenzie

    Blue Niagara, 2020 acrylic on Rag Paper
    22 1/2 x 30 in.
  • © Joseph Hartman
  • Landon Mackenzie, Pink Sky (Purple Bloom), 2020-2021

    Landon Mackenzie

    Pink Sky (Purple Bloom), 2020-2021 acrylic on linen
    82 1/2 x 114 in.
  • Landon Mackenzie grew up in Toronto attending Jarvis Collegiate where she received the AGO scholarship to attend OCA on weekends. She studied for her BFA at NSCAD in Halifax and her MFA at Concordia University in Montreal. Mackenzie moved to Vancouver in 1986 when offered a teaching position at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she is still involved as a Professor Emerita. She has exhibited widely across Canada and internationally. Her work is included in museum collections across the country including the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Confederation Centre for the Arts; the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Audain Art Museum. Recent museum exhibitions include Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey (Kelowna Art Gallery, touring 2015-2017); Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2015); Landon Mackenzie: Nervous Centre at the Esker Foundation (2012) and Landon Mackenzie: Recollects at the West Vancouver Art Museum (2019). Mackenzie has received many awards and was a recipient of the 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

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    On view at

    Nicholas Metivier Gallery

    190 Richmond St E, Toronto ON M5A 1P1

    through May 28.

     

    For additional information,

    please contact Sarah Massie, (416) 205-9000.