Delphine Hennelly + Mickey Mackenna
Opening: Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 5h30 to 8h30 pm
Exhibition: June 14 to July 21, 2018
Delphine Hennelly (b. 1979, Vancouver) received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2002 and her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Visual Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2017. At Rutgers, Delphine was the Tepper Family Scholarship recipient and upon graduation received The John I. Bettenbender Memorial Performance Award. Delphine is also a three-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. A painter and drawer and occasional printmaker she explores figuration primarily using the female form. Often tongue in cheek her subjectivity can be sarcastic and humorous. Deeply influenced by formalism her palette, playful and saccharine, subverts the gendered proclivity pastel colours perpetuate while her compositions obfuscate the possibility of a linear narrative. Delphine recently participated in a group show at Pt.2 Gallery in Oakland, California as well as a group show at Mother gallery in Beacon, New York, and a two-person show with Milo Moyer- Battick at Harpy Gallery in New Jersey. Delphine’s work has appeared in several publications including The Winter Edition, Issue 6, 2018, Art Maze Mag and Nut Publication. Her work will also be appearing in the New American Paintings Northeast Issue #134 out sometime late Spring 2018.
Mickey Mackenna’s multidisciplinary practice centres on how values and neuroses slip into visibility through negotiations on the physical plane. She believes in a synchronicity between physical and emotional structures and these are the forms she articulates in her work. The mediums she uses such as steel, gauze, stone, silk, silicone, linen, clay and plaster are chosen for their semiotic properties and anthropological significance. Materials are manipulated to achieve a cross-material congruency between physical and psychic state. Mackenna’s sculptures function as surrogates for human experience rendering fleeting feelings permanent in form. Mackenna has had two solo exhibitions in Toronto (Hushed Plea at The Loon and The Crux at Autumn Gallery) and has participated in a number of group exhibitions. Mackenna earned her BFA in Sculpture from OCADU in Toronto in 2016 and will be beginning her MFA at the Royal College of Art in London this year.