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Annelie McKenzie

January 12, 2013 by 5790projects in Art, Emergent with 0 Comments

The fashioning of one’s identity is a clumsy series of trial and error. Pushing through childhood, adolescence, token “awkward phase,” and subsequent adulthood, we contextualize ourselves by referencing alternatives – engaging in a lifetime comparison between self and other. Annelie McKenzie’s gloppy, candid, and purposefully unpolished assemblages and paintings typify the awkward plight of selfhood. Haphazard rhinestones are embedded in stylized reproductions of Fragonard, Vermeer, and O’Keefe works, the details of which are obscured by McKenzie’s abstract-impressionistic dabs, blobs, and smears. In another dialect of the same language, she explores the arbitrary emblems associated with gender constructs through diptych installations of original and simulacrum works. Rainbows, unicorns, bows, and clouds are assembled on the wall, then meticulously imitated in a sister painting – as if demonstrating the diligent mimicry exercised in creating the projected ego. While riddled with intentional imperfections and inelegance, McKenzie’s paintings bespeak the innocence of a shared desire for acceptance or self-fulfillment, and the cultural motifs that shape its incarnations. www.blobmanifesto.com

I Paint What He Painted, Plus Her Rainbow, 2012. Oil on canvas, rhinestones, thread, cardboard, and inket print. 70 x 90 inches

I Paint What He Painted, Plus Her Rainbow, 2012. Oil on canvas, rhinestones, thread, cardboard, and inket print. 70 x 90 inches

 

Rhinestone Fragonard, 2012. Oil and rhinestones on panel. 10 x 7 inches

Rhinestone Fragonard, 2012. Oil and rhinestones on panel. 10 x 7 inches

About 5790projects

5790projects is a curatorial entity that produces quarterly pop-up exhibitions in Los Angeles, and was founded by Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki in 2011. Moore is the Director of Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City, CA), where Gardocki is also Assistant Director. Gardocki studied at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and is one of the founding members of Igloo Tornado arts collective. Moore is completing her MA at California State University, Long Beach, and is a contributor to several art publications, including Daily Serving, Beautiful/Decay, and ArtLog.

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