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Brian McKay : Artist in Residence

Holmes a Court Gallery

30 May - 20 July 2008

The artist will be working in the gallery throughout the residency and will be engaging with the audience via conversations and public talks to discuss his practice and other art matters of interest.
Some works will be availabe for acquisition
Brian McKay is represented by
Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

BRIAN McKAY Cat. No.13 C CIRCLES 2007 Automotive clearcoat on etched ans sealed Aluminium 1100 x 1100 x 40 mm
(Private Collection)

Aluminium and some Stainless Steel as a working support is used in these Brian McKay works The surfaces are etched / distressed using a high tensile steel scriber and various grades of emery cloth, steel wool and polishes. In some of the works artist's oils are rubbed into the etch or Automotive enamel is used to produce lines or areas of colour. Many works have no introduced colour at all relying instead on ambient light and colour, These colours are subsequently absorbed into the surfaces and re-introduced to the viewer as refracted/reflected colour. Much of this is achieved as Brian 'directionally' works the surface of the aluminium creating different refraction possibilities. Viewed from different angles the works change in appearance from positive to negative, from complete to in-part and from light to dark to light again.