Alastair Mackie (b.1977, Cornwall) explores the boundaries of the conventional limits between nature and culture using sculptural interventions. Mackie uses natural materials to expose the clichés still hampering our understanding of the relationship between man and the natural world. He grew up in the wilds of Cornwall, studied and practiced in London then returned again to live and work in Cornwall. These two worlds undoubtedly contribute to his perspective and frame his conceptual approach to working with these materials.
Mackie studied at Camberwell College of Art (1997) and City and Guilds London School (2000). His solo exhibitions include Alastair Mackie: Selected Works, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (2015); Complex Systems, Gusford, Los Angeles (2013); Multiplicity, All Visual Arts, London (2013); Copse, All Visual Arts, London, (2011); I was there, in Arcadia, PAG, London (2011); Mimetes Anon, The Economist Plaza, London (2009); Not Waving But Drowning, The David Roberts Foundation, London (2009); Sticks and Stones, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica (2006); Terror Firma, Max Wigram Gallery, London (2005).
Selected Group Exhibitions include FORMEN DER NATUR, Museum Villa Rot, Germany (208); Doing Identity, The Collection of Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany (2017); Internal Nebular, Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, U.K. (2017); ARK, Chester Cathedral, U.K. (2017); Natural Materials in Contemporary Art, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum (2017); 450 Year Anniversary of the collection at Ambras Castle, Innsbruck (2017); Proof of Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Weserburg (2017); Force of Nature, The Art Pavilion, London (2017); Abu Dhabi Art, Paul Stolper Gallery, UAE (2016); I Prefer Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Weserburg (2016); Art Brussels, Copperfield / Division of Labour, Brussels (2016); Force of Nature, Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels (2016); Forever, Bubox, Kortrijk (2016); Manchester Contemporary, with Copperfield Gallery, Manchester Contemporary (2015); Shared, Somerset House, London (2015); Here today…, The Old Sorting Office, London (2014); Alchemy, Nest, The Hague (2014); Obsessive Compulsive Order, Copperfield Gallery, London (2014); Art and Alchemy - The Mystery of Transformation, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2014); Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, The Wallace Collection, London (2013); Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, Palazzo Cavalli, Venice (2013); Paper Vernacular: Drawings and Constructions, Cutlog, New York (2013); Wonderful - Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke, Me Collectors Room, Berlin (2012); The Art of Chess, Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Everywhere and Nowhere, Reydan Weiss Collection, Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf (2012); Through the Looking Glass, Me Collectors Room, Berlin (2012); Memories of the Future, La Maison Rouge, Paris (2011); Restless Nature, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall (2011); Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles (2011); Identity Theft, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2011); Living in Evolution – Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan (2010); Lust for Life and Dance of Death: Works from The Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2010); Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010); Distortion, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice (2009); The Art of Chess, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik (2009); Nature and Society // Parallel Lines, Ethnographic Museum, Dubrovnik (2007); ARTfutures, Bloomberg Space, London (2007).