Alexan­der McKen­zie

The ad­ven­tur­ous gar­dener

Art Almanac - - Art In Australia -

Hazel­hurst Re­gional Gallery & Arts Cen­tre Un­til 21 Oc­to­ber, 2018 Syd­ney

In his first ma­jor sur­vey, Alexan­der McKen­zie’s ‘The ad­ven­tur­ous gar­dener’ brings to­gether 42 of the artist’s most sig­nif­i­cant works, an as­sort­ment of celebrity por­traits and his sig­na­ture land­scape paint­ings. For McKen­zie, the land­scape is both a place for self-re­flec­tion and a metaphor for per­sonal jour­ney. While his works have an un­der­ly­ing sense of fa­mil­iar­ity, they are more evoca­tive of oth­er­ness than a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a spe­cific place; they in­stantly trans­port the viewer into a dream­like and other­wise un­in­hab­ited world, laden with un­der­ly­ing nar­ra­tives.

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