Welcome boys and girls to a new edition of Art Coverage.
You say potato I say potato. Potato. Potato. Tomato. Tomato. You say original. I say derivative. Original. Derivative. Original. Derivative. You say Cool. I say Decorative. Cool. Decorative. Cool. Decorative.
The artist I am talking about today folks is Mactruque. Either loved or hated there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground when it comes to people’s tastes about his work. I for one feel his work is derivative and decorative. I see his work as unfocused and unoriginal. I see all of them as closer to under paintings than finished works.
He seems to flip flop from ab-ex and street shout outs to rough figurative renderings and sometimes mixes it together with a bit of collage. There’s even a new highly textured Mona Lisa portrait. The only common thread I can see in his new work is his nearly muddied color palette which is consistent throughout his numerous works. Now some folks would argue that he’s amazingly prolific and how that should be proof of his genius. I would argue quality over quantity as I would prefer three works of art from Mactruque that seemed to have a consistent theme, concept and style or none at all.
I came to this conclusion while sitting in Flux gallery a couple of weeks ago. I was surrounded by an onslaught of Mactruque’s work. It was indeed a dank sensory overload and in retrospect I thought how it was not much different than visiting a Thomas Kinkade gallery, but on the plus side Thomas seems to have more focus and a concise style. It was like a computer programmer had made an algorithm that fabricated paintings for neutral Rooms To Go decor.
Also a distracting feature to the new works was how they were labeled in unreadable cursive handwriting making reading the descriptions and names of the works nearly impossible. Globatron is perplexed. Mactruque is like an inside joke that a very large group of Jacksonville gets. Globatron wants in on the joke folks. Please explain to me why I should like Mactruque’s work? I’d gladly concede. Is his work similar to how some folks get British humor and some folks don’t. I happen to love Monty Python.
Mactruque is one of Jacksonville’s most well known artists and is having an opening of new works at Flux Gallery on June 20th. Don’t listen to me. You be the judge. Click here for details.