Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective at MCASD

Kim MacConnel - E123, 2010, enamel on wood, 46" x 138" x 2-1/2", photo credit Pablo Mason

Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective is the first full-career retrospective to be presented in San Diego of this influential, San Diego-based artist.

Kim MacConnel is a painter who has engaged questions of abstraction, figuration, and decoration throughout his long career. The artist draws inspiration from a wide range of sources including found graphic images, patterned fabrics, Near Eastern textiles, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and the detritus that washes up on beaches. His work is informed by various experiences of travel, including his study of indigenous cultures and a self-conscious examination of the role of the tourist.

MCASD hosted MacConnel’s first major exhibition in 1976 and has since featured his work in both solo and group exhibitions. This retrospective seeks to go beyond a chronological examination of artistic development to evoke the experience of past exhibitions of MacConnel’s work. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 100-page fully illustrated catalogue including an essay by guest author Richard Marshall and an interview with the artist by MCASD Curator Robin Clark.