Peter McDonald

6 Sep 2007 – 13 Oct 2007

Kate MacGarry Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Shoreditch High Street / Liverpool Street / Old Street

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Peter McDonald's paintings have entered a new dimension. A large head sculpted in plaster is transformed into a mountain, the face becoming lowlands. A population at leisure inhabits this giant. A stream springs from the forehead, meanders around the tundra and gathers at the eyes, while tiny folk go about their business driving around the roads that spiral up towards a summit car park.

Although McDonald take his cues from everyday life (painting bakers, snooker players, teachers etc) the form the work takes is becoming increasingly outlandish. A face becomes a desert island with two sole inhabitants. Elsewhere another head rises up to a snowy peak or the moon. It is not clear if these sculptures are giants, benevolent deities or humans with an infestation of tiny creatures, a microcosm hosting a miniature universe.

Occupying the gallery like standing stones, or visitors from a parallel world, they might be earth, sun or moon gods while simultaneously describing the modern world of hiking, sunbathing and space exploration.

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