Andrew Mackenzie : Approaching The Verge

22nd June - 21st July 2013

Approaching the Verge is a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Andrew Mackenzie. The exhibition showcases new paintings and drawings which consider “edge effect” – “the edge between biomes or habitats”, an “in-between place”.
My interpretation of edge effect, which ties in thematically with previous work, is a subjective exploration of the overlapping edge between human interaction and perceptions of “nature”, through a specific focus on the boundaries of woodland and areas of re-planted clearfell, derived from observations of the landscape surrounding my studio. They are sometimes overlaid by elegant diagrams of architectural space;  traces of transient human interaction.’  Andrew Mackenzie
This new work will be accompanied by a series of three paintings called “River Painting 1, 2 and 3” which were recently exhibited in Drawn Away Together (a group exhibition at The Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh); three paintings from 2012 (exhibited with Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London) of highland waterfalls overlaid with man-made structures; and three lithographs from 2009, called “Footbridge 1, 2 and 3” which are based on a pedestrian rail bridge which links a disused car park with a commuter station on the edge of Edinburgh.


Andrew Mackenzie will give a talk on his work on the 21st of August at 3pm.  FREE ENTRY



Andrew Mackenzie – Approaching The Verge

Andrew Mackenzie makes his paintings carefully; applying, removing, layering the paint, taking his time to build images that point out human interaction with - and imposition upon - the land, whether it be through building roads and bridges, or the re –planting that follows clearing. Quietly, they suspend the moment – each work containing, or being contained, by bright lines that fasten architectural spaces into trees and waterfalls, amongst landscapes which are often almost subliminal in their portrayal.

In ‘Clearing After Snow’, the artist sinks a timeline of panels into the intense red of winter trees.  They lead us  into the back of the painting, and leave us pondering  their departure.  In ‘Plodda Falls’ a bridge –like structure meets rocks and water as a ghost, while trees crack the painting with an electrical charge.

Andrew Mackenzie is a well established and talented artist whose paintings let the viewer decide which element of each piece resonates with them; or perhaps they just let us drift past, undecided, but wondering.