Angus MacInnes | ‘African Affair’

[Press Release]
 
The Root that Reversed Time

THIRD EYE CENTER
124 Brunton Gardens at Montgomery Street, Hillside, Edinburgh EH7 5ET
Monday June 30th  – Sunday July 6th 2014
Viewing strictly by appointment; Telephone: 07939274903
Finnisage Sunday July 6th 2014 2:00-4:00pm

“The whiteness of my clothes, the beauty of travelling by boat, those silhouettes against the verticals and horizontals of the shore. Finding my rhythm; in the community beyond the true simplicity that poverty alone awards. A place full of light. Returning again to the familiarity of colors, that distinct blueness of the water. How good it is to travel through this upside down world of reflections. Brilliant and perfect.” Angus MacInnes on the Gold Coast, 2013.

[image: The Root that Reversed Time, synthetic polymer on board. © A.B. MacInnes 2013, All Rights Reserved]


This inaugural exhibition at Third Eye Center will feature ambitious new works by A.B. MacInnes painted on location in Africa. The exhibition will also launch The Four Seasons, a new monograph authored by Australian curator Pru Forrest and published by Hour Projects, Copenhagen. Forrest offers fresh insight into MacInnes’ internationally celebrated paintings and his inimitable contribution to modern Scottish Art.

From 2001 – 2008 the prolific Scottish artist Angus MacInnes was a firm fixture on eBay, posting dozens of new paintings each week. One of the first artists to list works under the category ‘self-representing artist’, MacInnes capitalized on his Scottishness to secure the loyal patronage of the global Scots diaspora. In 2002, MacInnes became a popular ‘Power Seller’, his abstract and figurative paintings having become famous within a nascent international market distinct from both avant-garde and middlebrow gallery networks. Today, many MacInnes paintings form a ghostly presence online, haunting secondary market auctions and amateur art collector’s websites. Much of his oeuvre can still be observed via a simple Google search for ‘Angus MacInnes, artist’. In 2014, a reclusive and reinvigorated Angus MacInnes came out of retirement at the invitation of Hour Projects (Copenhagen) and Third Eye Center (Edinburgh), to produce a new body of paintings inspired by his five-star tour of Africa. A cult figure in his native Scotland, MacInnes divides critical opinion. A few believe that his paintings are patronising potboilers that have no artistic merit whatsoever. Many more are committed fans of his energetic and colourful evocations of Scotland’s magnificent topography. Some regard his oeuvre as a significant postnet intervention into the distributive aesthetics and economies of diaspora. One thing is certain: The Four Seasons catalogue and the African Affair exhibition produced for The Third Eye Center in Edinburgh are among some of MacInnes’ finest works. His work mixes a painterly maturity with an hallucinogenic and kaleidoscopic reverence for composition that is equaled by so few in the checkered history of Scottish Art.

THIRD EYE CENTER is committed to being the world’s leading Center of Excellence, and to bringing people together more effectively than ever before. A major new building project at our Montgomery Park branch has allowed us to reconceive the presentation of our program and offer a more open and engaging experience. TEC offer free admission to our entire basement floor and an expanded and reorganized entrance vestibule, providing 43% more space for expanding our program, presenting recent acquisitions, and to bring together entanglements in new and unexpected ways.


THIRD EYE CENTER is proud to be part of the 2014 Edinburgh Annuale
This program is supported by Seven Star Transcontinental Safari Club and the University of Brighton. Catalog published by hourprojects.info Rådmandsgade 25, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

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