The beginning was a blank where there appeared inexplicably a spot which stretched into a line,
which flowed into a plane, which folded into a solid, which cast a shadow, which is what we see. This
set of elements – point, line, surface, solid, simulacrum – conceived as contentless except in their own nature.
1 Thomas McEvilley, Inside the White Cube, p.ll
David Dale Gallery & Studios presents POINT/ LINE/ SURFACE/ SOLID, an exhibition of new work by
Glasgow based artists, Alec Mackenzie and Dan Miller. POINT/ LINE/ SURFACE/ SOLID addresses the
ways in which Mackenzie and Miller interpret the inherited history of conceptualism and minimalism.
Through duplication and repetition, each artist creates near mathematical parameters within which
patterns and relationships develop. Mackenzie and Miller question the conventional vocabulary of visual
representation, instilling their own elemental semantics.
Mackenzie’s work utilises basic materials, props and mechanisms that explore the ways in which
perception may be illustrated through durational means. His large-scale kinetic wall drawings address such
methods through his attempt to create visual closed circuit loops through graphic shorthand and symbols.
These monochromatic moving drawings are an irreverent and abstract stance on the set of components
that comprise traditional drawing methods. There is a sculptural tenet to Mackenzie’s practice, through
the contingency of action and sequential reiteration; his work lends itself to being in a constant flux of
Miller’s work exudes minimalistic tendencies along with a balanced sense for the mathematical. Utilising
the x/y axis, Miller composes symmetrical grids of dots, lines and polygons. His paintings are an
equilibrium between surface and form, where the repetitive patterns of geometric shapes are correlated with
the shape and configuration of the canvases. Miller’s paintings are enigmatically positioned between the
readings of graphical codes and the spatial depths of paint on canvas. Superseding the traditional use of
perspective and the picture plane as the basis for composing visual representation, or the use of the graph
in mathematical terms as a clarification of outcomes. Miller’s utilisation of graphical delineation defeats all
sense of ellipsis. His work relies on an analysis that stems from duplication and cross-referencing. Brought
together by a complementary abbreviation of sorts and a graphical sense of the pictorial, Miller confronts the
viewer with a sense of transparency versus opacity and encryption versus decoding.
Both Mackenzie’s and Miller’s work spurs the misgiving that reduction creates clarity. Caught within the
patterns of perspective and accomplishing an ethos that lends itself to Pythagorean ideologies, POINT/
LINE/ SURFACE/ SOLID plots coordinates on an exponential historical vector.
1. Alec Mackenzie lives and works in Glasgow. He graduated from The Glasgow School Of Art in
2005. recent exhibitions include: Friends, Colleagues, Comrades, Galleri GI. Lejre, Roskilde, Denmark
2010, and Roy G. Bivolo, Southside Studios, Glasgow, 2009.
2. Dan Miller lives and works in Glasgow. He graduated from The Glasgow School of Art, 2002.
Recent exhibitions and residencies include: No Noise, The Agency Gallery, London, 2011; CPH AIR -
Copenhagen Artist in Residence, The Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen, 2010; Neil Clements, Dan
Miller, Tom Varley, Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich and Still Life, in association with SWG3, The Glasgow
International Festival of Visual Art, 2010.
3. David Dale Gallery & Studios is a non-profit artist led organisation based in the east end of Glasgow.
Established in 2009, David Dale Gallery and Studios provides artist studio spaces within a supportive peer
group community, and hosts an innovative year round exhibitions and events programme that promotes
pioneering contemporary visual art. The organisation has a commitment to providing opportunities and
supporting the development of early career contemporary visual artists, curators and creative individuals.
For enquiries please contact Max Slaven: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Dale Gallery & Studios
71 – 73 Brook Street
Glasgow G40 2AB
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