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Exhibition Opening: McKenzie Family Collaborative

Join us Friday, October 5, as we celebrate the opening of McKENZIE FAMILY COLLABORATIVE, a once-in-a-lifetime art show experience featuring mother, son, and daughter-in-law. Mac Blackout(Mark McKenzie) is at the center, husband to Alison McKenzie, and son of Elizabeth McKenzie. This show is a chance to see how this family of artists share common aesthetics, differ, influence each other, and inspire one another. Mac is featuring recent paintings and illustrations from his upcoming book “Random Man.” Alison is exhibiting her expressive cut paper pieces and it’s Liz’s Chicago debut featuring her big eye art, fantasy illustrations, and wearable art pieces. There will also be collaborative works involving all three artists. From 60s pop culture, to graffiti art, to elegantly delicate paper work, a common thread is evident that can only be defined as family. This will be one of the most artistically intense, sociologically interesting, and unique shows of 2018.

Mac Blackout is a fine artist/musician and Chicago resident. He was born in Bedford, Indiana, later attending college at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana where he graduated with a BFA in 1999. During his high school and college years he became a well known street artist in the midwest underground. In 1999 he moved to Chicago channeling his creative energies into music and the music related art of posters and album covers. From 2000 to 2015 he formed several bands releasing more than 10 full length albums and a slew of singles in which he has designed many of the covers. He continues to create and record music and currently is working as a freelance illustrator, muralist, and fine artist creating drawings, prints, paintings, murals, and mixed media sculptures.
Instagram: @macblackout

Alison McKenzie is a fine artist, illustrator, and designer living in Chicago. She graduated from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. By day she’s a designer at Paper Source creating inspirational paper craft kits and designing some of their top selling products. Outside of work she brings paper arts into the fine art realm with her expressive layered cut paper pieces. While paper arts is a focus she also works in watercolor, creates polymer fashion accessories, zines, and art books.
Instagram: @gralison

Elizabeth Ann (Dunihue) McKenzie is a native of Bedford, Indiana where she taught art to children for most of her 40 year career in public school education. After retiring, she was encouraged by her son Mac Blackout (Mark McKenzie) to actively put her old school art skills to work. During the last 4 years she has actively been illustrating colorful big eyed mini characters. The big eyed children initially made their appearance in her art in 1967 at the age of 15. Her self professed goal of 1,000 big eye minis now sits at around 230 small paintings. In addition to the minis, Liz has been creating illustrations for the soon to be released fantasy novel “Freyja and the Brisingmen Necklace” by J.C. Enno. She also loves to create funky hand sculpted and painted jewelry. Her colorful, wearable art pieces consist of whimsical portrait pendants surrounded by strings of highly patterned hand sculpted and painted beads. 
Instagram: @lizbethannart

The opening reception is free and open to the public.
Opening party: Friday, October 5 - 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Gallery hours: Saturday, November 3 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Closing party: Saturday, December 8 - 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Later Event: October 10
Free Day!!

Drop in, have a steady desk, a private office, or use our conference room–choose what’s right for you!