Commissary Arts is pleased to announce Hive Moments opening Saturday, May 3. This exhibition features prints and mixed media works on paper by Los Angeles artist Nancy Macko.
For the last decade, Macko has drawn upon images from the honeybee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology and ancient matriarchal cultures. Her work combines the analog elements of painting and printmaking with the digital elements of photography and video to create hybrid pieces that are often displayed as mixed media/digital installations.
For this exhibition, Macko presents two suites of recent etchings and lithographs, entitled In the Garden of the Bee Priestess and The First Ten Prime Numbers, and unique mixed media works on paper from the series Conversations. In these works, Macko employs what have become universal motifs in her work—the plumb bob (a weight with a pointed tip on the bottom used to determine verticality), and the page reinforcement. The ambiguous rotund shape of the plumb bob suggests the female form, while the circular page reinforcement becomes a collective structural symbol that clusters and floats through her compositions.