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“Unearths” exhibition to show human body prints

Where Men Gather, 2009, 73 x 113 inches, Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
"Where Men Gather", 2009, 73 x 113 inches, Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

Large format prints made from the human body will be the subject of a solo exhibition by Canadian-born artist Annelie McKenzie in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, March 8-April 3.

The gallery is located on the college’s Lancaster campus in the Fine Arts Building, FA1, 3041 W. Ave. K. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

A reception for the artist, which will include a talk by McKenzie, will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.

McKenzie’s works begin as loose canvas laid out on the ground. Acrylic paint is brushed onto a nude model’s skin. The model lies on the canvas to create a monoprint.

Bare areas of canvas are filled with abstract painted forms that the artist calls “emotions,” according to the show’s curator Christine Mugnolo.

McKenzie says she is "aiming to expose the physical reality of thought and emotion which fill the vast expanse of negative space/empty space echoing in between the molecules of our bodies and our earth."

McKenzie is aware of the precedent Yves Klien set in the 1950s and 1960s when he created a series of human body prints in front of an audience. McKenzie’s work is performed privately with an emphasis on the finished work of art, not just the print process or the act of the print.

The artist was born in Montreal, Canada. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Calgary before moving to Los Angeles.

For more information on the gallery call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6215.