Born in 1977, Mackie has shown extensively in the UK and internationally, including exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery – London, the Venice Biennale and the Reykjavik Art Museum. He has worked on a number of public commissions and his work is held in collections including The Olbricht Collection – Berlin, the Salsali Private Museum – Dubai, and the Wellcome Collection – London. Alastair lives and works in Cornwall.
Alastair Mackie’s sculptural practice is one of contrasts. It is as labour-intensive as it is formally effortless, as grounded in ideas of nature as it is in the intrinsically human struggle to define a role within the environment; it is as intellectually ambitious as it is aesthetically understated. Mackie grew up in an agricultural community, where he resettled more recently, and that landscape of his childhood has played a key role in shaping his vocabulary. Organic elements (trees, mud, wasp nests, sea shells) are meticulously rearranged and transformed in a knowingly quixotic attempt to order life’s primordial chaos. Each work is something of an enigma, enriched by the loaded associations of its material and the story behind its making.
2015 Alastair Mackie: Selected Works, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK 2013 Complex Systems, Gusford, Los Angeles, United States 2013 Multiplicity, All Visual Arts, London, UK 2011 Copse, All Visual Arts, London, UK 2011 I was there, in Arcadia, PAG, London, UK 2009 Mimetes Anon, The Economist Plaza, London, UK 2009 Not Waving but Drowning, The David Roberts Foundation, London, UK 2006 Sticks and Stones, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, United States 2005 Terror Firma, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Doing Identity – The Collection of Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany 2017 Internal Nebular, Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, UK 2017 ARK, Chester Cathedral, UK 2017 Pure Nature Art. Natural Materials in Contemporary Art, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Germany 2017 450 Year Anniversary of the collection at Ambras Castle, Innsbruck, Austria 2017 Proof of Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Germany 2017 Force of Nature, The Art Pavilion, London, UK 2016 Abu Dhabi Art, Paul Stolper Gallery, UAE 2016 I Prefer Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Germany 2016 Art Brussels, Copperfield / Division of Labour, Brussels, Belgium 2016 Force of Nature, Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium 2016 Forever, Bubox, Kortrijk, Belgium 2016 Works on Paper and Wood, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria 2016 Empty Rooms – The Beauty of Emptiness, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Germany 2015 Manchester Contemporary, Copperfield Gallery, Manchester, UK 2015 Shared, Somerset House, London, UK 2014 Here today…, The Old Sorting Office, London, UK 2014 What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me, FAS, London, UK 2014 Alchemy, Nest, The Hague, Netherlands Additions of the present, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany 2014 Building Site, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, UK 2014 Home – The Crisis Commission, The Strand Gallery, London, UK 2014 Obsessive Compulsive Order, Copperfield Gallery, London, UK 2014 Art and Alchemy – The Mystery of Transformation, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
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