Alastair Mackinven

Andway Isthay Oreverfay

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Andway Isthay Oreverfay
Alastair Mackinven
Andway Isthay Oreverfay
2008
Oil on canvas
205 x 205 cm

MacKinven’s Andway Isthay Oreverthay is part of his Et Sick In Infinitum (End Is Forever) series. Using a model of a Penrose staircase, an impossible architectural diagram where stairs circle in continuous ascendancy (popularised in a drawing by Escher), MacKinven adapts this motif as a critical metaphor for the way galleries use recursivity in their curatorial practices and exhibition design: its effects on the way the public is made to ‘understand’ art, and the skewed history this creates through continuous self-reference. The scale of these works give the gallery a disorientating effect, overlaying MacKinven’s painted architecture on the experience of real space: as the viewers move around in the gallery their paths replicate the maddening maze in the images.


     
 


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