Works exhibited were the large painting ‘The Temperature of Black (1972)’ and two smaller combine paintings, ‘Alas, Snow White’ and ‘Medulienka’. These works held very specific references to events at the 1972 Munich Olympics. ‘The Temperature of Black (1972)’ was based on the octagonal design of the wrestling arena, and referenced the attack by the Black September Group on the Israeli team, several of whom were members of the wrestling and weight-lifting squad. ‘Alas, Snow White’ also made reference to this same event. This smaller work utilised what may be considered a more purely abstract composition (in comparison with McKenzie’s other work) but in fact worked on the idea of an aerial view of the same wrestling arena. Coupled with this monochrome painting was a more colourful dress garment, incorporating a spectral and speckled white pattern that resembled falling snow. ‘Medulienka’ followed a very similar format- in the case of this work it referenced the controversial basketball final between the USSR and USA. Each of these works continued to highlight McKenzie’s ongoing interest in painting as a history subject, and its relationship to news and broadcasting media.
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 7 Sept 2011|
|Event||Berliner Liste Fair for Contemporary Art and Photography 2011 - Trafo Building / Koepenickerstrasse, Berlin, Germany|
Duration: 7 Sept 2011 → 11 Sept 2011