David Mackenzie (1942-2020) was born in Los Angeles and received both his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied ceramics, sculpture, and painting. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and has been shown throughout Europe.
He received grants both from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and the National Foundation for the Arts. David work is included in the Phillips Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Oakland Art Museum among other institutions. During his last decade, Mackenzie worked in Joshua Tree, where he found a meditative rhythm, producing his last series of structured-surface paintings in the desert.
“How can I say the most in a way that appears the least?”
– James O’Keefe, artist
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF JTAG: DAVID MACKENZIE WORK)
David and James both arrived in the desert in 2009. They both joined JTAG and soon became friends. James notes, “We were scheduled to have a show here in April 2020, but it was canceled due to Covid.
David passed in June of that year.”
James O’Keefe’s works for this show were all made in 2022. They are representative of the artists’ continuing effort to be more minimal in both color and form. Although these works are described as ‘paintings’, they are very much independent objects and could be seen in a similar manner as one would view contemporary sculpture. O’Keefe has been painting since 1988 and has a BFA from Otis Art Institute. O’Keefe spent the last 30 years residing on the Oregon Coast and now lives in Joshua Tree, CA.
JTAG is a member-based space run by the MBCAC (Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council) The gallery is in Joshua Tree and is open Fridays 11am-3pm, Saturdays 9am – 3pm and Sundays 12-3pm. More information: visit www.mbcac.org