Gary McMillan’s atomisation of the surface of his paintings invites us to actively reassemble sight itself. His obsessive pointillist procedure reminds us that vision is inherently unstable. We have a duty to slow down, look so that we might learn to see again. McMillan is guided by internal editing and intuition, by feeling and knowledge and not by digitisation and compression.
In McMillan’s paintings, visual clarity is not dependent on the dry rendering of what’s in front of you. Instead, it arises out of knowing that the truth of the painting is informed as much by what he chooses to leave out and that the images own veracity, its true responsibility is to itself.
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