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August 2018

In Progress: New paintings by Alistair Magee and Mark Adair

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August 22 – 26

Reception: Saturday,  August 25, 2-5 PM


Loop is proud to present In Progress, a brief look behind the creative curtain at two veteran artists’ search for new modes of expression. In their own words:

 The paintings included in this exhibition at Loop are part of a new area of investigation. Fragments of transferred images from magazines, found notes, newspapers, letters and drawings operate as discrete temporal artifacts that preserve the flow of real time. Motifs are mirrored, rotated, repeated. Conjuring up remembered experience (personal, political, historical) they merge with mark making to suggest possible new relationships.

 I intend that my work should transcend painterly formalism and come loaded with personal and political undercurrents. Surface-matter and subject-matter should work in conjunction with one another in a dialectical tension, neither taking precedence. This exhibition gives me the opportunity to assess the progress of these new paintings.

Alistair Magee

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 All of the pictures in this show are ‘political,’ but the oil paintings are especially so. They reflect a deep anxiety about the gaps between our political leadership and what might be called the best advice given for how to address climate change. Why such a huge gap? Harvest Time (1983) was the last time I picked up the brushes, and that was also a ‘political’ picture. I, like most sane people of the day, was worried about the bombs. 

I have to point out that, for me, the choice of medium or method is driven by the depth of the compulsion involved. If I don’t feel passionate about it, I do something else. I don’t consider myself a painter. I do consider myself an artist. But a year or so ago I had this non-stop-won’t leave-me-alone-for-a-minute hankering to start painting a new sequence of the Death Drinks series, and it turned into this peering into the dark thickets to see what was going on in there. 

 Things seem to keep pulling at us, making us do absolutely crazy things, and we seem so utterly powerless to resist — to set ourselves on a common course, far, far away from the current divisive discourse that is nothing but a distraction from the work that needs doing.

— Mark Adair