Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by William Dunlap in honor of his recent publication, Short Mean Fiction. For over four decades, Dunlap has made his career as an artist and writer, as well as an arts commentator for PBS. “Hypothetical realism” is the self-coined term Dunlap uses to characterize his creative style; put plainly, "the places and things [he] paint[s] and describe[s] are not real, but they could be." Dunlap’s grand southern landscapes are cinematic in scope, with lushly saturated colors and expansive vistas, nearly overwhelming the viewer with the scale of their environments. Beguiling and seemingly idyllic, his scenes are often underscored by a touch of the southern gothic, from tombstones to severed deer heads to hunting dogs. Short Mean Fiction provides a counter-point to his paintings, highlighting the wilder side of Dunlap’s imagination with rough sketches and rowdy flash fiction stories. The new boxed set, published in an edition of 20, includes 12 numbered prints of the sketches contained in the book, as well as an original inscribed sketch by Dunlap.
Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by Angela To. To, a Chinese-Canadian artist working in the US, paints oversized, abstract patterns taken from nature into an overall dizzying surface that she covers with multiple layers of glaze-like resin. The resin coating accentuates her luminous acrylics, capturing the light and heightening the contrast between bright colors and starkly black-silhouetted shapes to give her paintings an added pop of modernity.
"Face it!" by Andrea Ponsi - December 2017
OPENING RECEPTION Friday, December 8th
Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present Face it!,the sketches of Andrea Ponsi. A celebrated architect, draftsman, painter, writer, and professor of architectural design, Ponsi has been putting his ideas to paper since he was a child. When not working on architectural drafts, Ponsi habitually sketches faces. Even in his youth, his “school diaries were full of faces.” Decades ago Ponsi found, as he sat in his office on the phone throughout the day, that his restless hands would begin sketching faces on the nearest surface, the ubiquitous post-it note. Utilizing his extensive art historical knowledge, these faces are manifested in a dizzying array of styles, from meticulous studies reminiscent of Daumier or Goya to quick caricatures evocative of Hirschfeld and Steadman. Ponsi is quick to clarify that “none of [the faces] belong to a specific real person,” rather, they are all drawn from his lively imagination. These post-it note sketches, now numbering well over 20,000 in total, have been compiled as the monograph Face it! and exhibited at galleries throughout the country. Ponsi, whose architectural firm is based in Italy, splits his time between Italy and the US as a visiting professor at numerous universities.