Thursday, October 7, 2010

Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective

By Angela Carone
October 7, 2010
San Diego-based artist and UCSD art professor Kim MacConnel.
Above: San Diego-based artist and UCSD art professor Kim MacConnel.
I've been doing a lot of research on artist Kim MacConnel lately, since a career retrospective of his work opens at MCASD this weekend. The exhibit will survey four decades of paintings by MacConnel, who has long explored ideas of abstraction and decoration. Bold graphics are a common feature in his work, which are inspired by everything from Near Eastern textiles to Chinese clip art books. read more....
"Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective opens to the public this Saturday [Oct. 16, 2010]! Check out this KPBS-FM time lapse video of his latest public work in La Jolla."

Kim MacConnel - Timelapse from Rebecca Joelson on Vimeo.
Time-lapse video shot at the end of August during an installation of a large scale wall mural by San Diego artist Kim MacConnel. The work is on Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
From Quint Contemporary Art Gallery: Kim MacConnel is an influential artist in the Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970s. Working with design elements, MacConnel has made frivolity a fine art. Taking cues from Picasso and the so-called “primitivists,” MacConnel has taken the primitive and made it relevant in different dialogues between cultures. MacConnels’ paintings may look as though influenced by the Cubists, which they are, but there is a deeper meaning below the surface based in the materials he uses, and the meeting place he creates through cross-cultural interactions.