Virginia MacKennyâ€™s solo exhibition, Foam Along the Waterline, opened at the Irma Stern Gallery in Cape Town on Tuesday 23 September 2008.
The David Krut Publishing: Fine Art & Books team went to enjoy a glass of wine and have the opportunity toÂ talk to the artist about her work on show.
Despite the typical Cape Town winterâ€™s rain falling incessantly throughout the day, there was a wonderful turn-out of people who had come to support MacKenny and admire her beautiful work. This is no surprise as MacKennyâ€™s work is not only mesmerising, but conveys significant messages, which we too often choose to ignore. The show is made up of a number of large oil paintings, which are mesmerising in their dream-like quality. There were also etchings containing small-scale images that appear in the paintings, allowing the editions to stand out as fragments of the broader meanings being woven in the space. The exhibition was opened with a address by the Michaelis School of Fine Artâ€™s Professor Pippa Skotnes, who is clearly a long-standing supporter and has given much thought to MacKennyâ€™s work over time. Skotnesâ€™ delivery touched on the many intricate associative meanings and important ecological and emotional messages that can be found within the huge paintings and delicate etchings, as well as MacKennyâ€™s perennial use of the colour blue.
The David Krut Publishing: Fine Art & Books team felt privileged to be able to share in the happy occasion with MacKenny.