David Mackintosh's work is deeply rooted in the primary practice of drawing on paper. Key to Mackintosh practice is the creation of deceptively simple drawings that explore our emotional and psychological landscapes.
For the past 5 years Mackintosh has been involved in exploring ways to expand his drawing both in terms of space and time, creating drawing frames comprising of oak frameworks made for specific sets of drawings to hang on, and animations that allow Mackintosh's idiosyncratic and highly invested world view to unfold and absorb the viewer.
For Log Suite David Mackintosh has engaged with a distinctly new material to create his first sculpture that shares the same spirit as his signature gouache drawings. The floor of the gallery will be scattered with log-shaped objects made from air drying clay, varied in size and painted in a bold, loose style that resemble quick sketches of logs. The gallery's back wall will be covered with an expansive wall drawing functioning like a theatrical backdrop that depicts a fictional woodland, maybe the wood the logs themselves hail fromâ¦.
At the opening of the exhibition Mackintosh's band Die Kunst will perform a new improvised composition also titled 'Log Suite' amongst the work. This is the first time Mackintosh has introduced Die Kunst firmly into his art practice and the music created at the opening will be recorded to become the soundtrack replayed throughout the exhibition.
Log Suite marks a significant departure for Mackintosh from his more familiar drawing practice, the use of mise-en-scene, soundtrack and performance in the gallery combining to investigate the concept of staging where art becomes a set in which something happens as much as an end in itself.