Alistair Mackie – Copse
December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
AVA (All Visual Arts) is pleased to announce Alastair Mackie’s new and largest installation to date, Created in response to the AVA’s converted gallery space twenty seven pine trees stand incongruously in mid-transformation creating a pseudo-forest within the stark white space of the gallery.
Each tree is caught in a transitory state of metamorphosis, half carved between what it was and what it will become, the stripped tree tops balancing upon identikit table legs. The juxtaposition of the raw natural elements of the tree with the carefully carved table legs demonstrates Mackie’s continuing interest in the interconnectivity of the traditionally opposed ideas of ‘wild’ and ‘civilised.’ Thetrees act as a metaphor of mankind’s evolution from atavistic primates to our contemporary consumer driven society. As Coline Milliard notes in the catalogues opening essay, the placement of the trees within the gallery further mimics society’s own incorporation of the tamed wild into the city space. It is through this reconciliation of both formal and conceptual elements that Mackie successfully forces the spectator to question their own understanding of what it means to be civilised.