Monday, April 5, 2010

Roy McMakin at UNLV

April 12 @ 7:00 p.m. Bigelow Physics Bldg. Room 102 on UNLV Campus
Roy McMakin lecture

This posting is somewhat ahead of the curve as Roy McMakin isn't lecturing until next week, but since we moved to Las Vegas from Seattle, it just seems like some kind of civic duty to announce to everyone in Sin City how much you should really go to this talk and hear Roy discuss his projects. In Seattle where his firm is located, his projects are almost synonymous with the Pacific Northwest and include the renovation of Western Bridge as well as work on numerous private residences. From the Matthew Marks Gallery website,

Roy McMakin is a designer, architect, and furniture maker, and his art, which draws on his knowledge of and experience in these disciplines, demonstrates a deep engagement with the artistic potential of domestic objects and environments. In sculpture that looks like furniture or mundane household fixtures (a non-functioning toilet made of wood, for example) and furniture that is detailed or decorated to emphasize its sculptural aspects (such as a wooden writing desk painted bright pink), McMakin tests the cultural distinctions that separate the two classes of objects, which occupy the same physical space.

McMakin (born 1956) first brought his work to the public through Domestic Furniture, his Los Angeles showroom (closed in 1994). He has continued to engage with the public through Domestic Architecture, his Seattle-based design firm whose portfolio has expanded from remodeling to ground-up home designs. MOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California, exhibited a survey of McMakin's art and design work in 2003, and sculptures by McMakin are permanently installed at the University of California, San Francisco's Mission Bay campus and the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle. McMakin lives and works in Seattle.

Images courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, NYC.
Top: Love and Loss: An Outdoor Sculpture
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, 2005-2006;
Bottom: Untitled (Seven-drawer Chest in Green), 1998, Enamel paint on eastern maple, 40 x 62 1/2 x 22 inches, 102 x 159 x 56 cm

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