Truth/Story

12 February - 09 March 2008
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Michael MacGarry is a visual artist, graphic designer and copywriter based in Johannesburg. He is a founding member of art collective AVANT CAR GUARD, who have exhibited extensively, recently presenting a solo exhibition at The Pure Project in New York City.

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"For the solo exhibition titled True/Story, I presented a series of artifacts, sculptures and props included in my recent photographs and filmic artworks which presently do not exist in a material form.

A number system used on a large information panel on the wall at the far end of the gallery outlines the scripts, treatments and ideas behind the photographs/films the objects were used in and relates to the numbering system on the objects themselves. The intention is that the visitor observes the objects, reads how they were used and sees the final film stills and photographs with the objects present in a mediated form. The title of the exhibition True/Story acknowledges the binary logic inherent in this process; with the objects having a material reality, if not strictly a truth to them and conversely the information panel articulates a series of narratives. The '/' device ultimately signifies the role of the gallery visitor as simultaneously tying together and pulling apart these components."  - Michael MacGarry

 

MacGarry, who holds a BFA (Hons) and a MFA degree, has exhibited at national and international levels for several years and is owner of www.alltheorynopractice.com. He is a founding member of art collective AVANT CAR GUARD, who have exhibited extensively, recently presenting a solo exhibition at The Pure Project in New York City. MacGarry has had his writing published in several local magazines and recently co-published, with Lloyd Gedye, a limited edition magazine titled The Pavement Special. For True/Story, Michael MacGarry presents a series of artifacts, sculptures and props included in his recent films and photographs. His work investigates the ongoing ramifications of Western imperialism within the African continent.