Rare Device is happy to announce our next gallery show, Clay Sunset by Ian Mackay of Hi-Bred. Ian describes the show as "a series of risograph prints inspired by the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco where I live and work. Walking along its streets, amid its colorful, quirky houses, and sculptural shrubbery, I feel as if I am in a toy landscape. The houses’ facades riff on various architectural traditions with whimsy. Their plaster exteriors evoke hand-modeled clay, with cartoonish lumps and bumps— some even look like they’ve been marked by giant fingernails. Clay Sunset is a pastiche on a pastiche: the neighborhood seen through my eyes, shaped out of clay by my hands, and colored by my imagination"
Show Dates: June 16th - August 6th
Reception: Friday, June 16th, 6-8pm
Artist Statement: I like to imagine characters and the details of the worlds that they inhabit. Everything is influenced by my sensory experience of our world, but I take the opportunity to exaggerate, distort, and fantasize. The goal is something recognizable but different: a simulacrum. In these pictorial places, stories inevitably emerge from the relationships between characters, objects, and environment.
Artist Bio: Ian Mackay is a San Francisco-based artist whose practice spans comics, printmaking, illustration, and animation. Ian founded the small press Hi-Bred—a vehicle for publishing his original comics, zines, and prints as well as collaborations with other artists, printmakers, and friends.