Alisdair Mac Rae
Portable Ensamble

04.06.12 25.06.12

Alisdair MacRae’s artistic practice is directed towards the participation of the public and the dignity of communities, stepping away from his role of author. In contrast, the spectators actively participate in a work that does not exist without his contribution.

During his urban intervention residency in ’ace, MacRae constructed a set of wooden portable folding chairs which he installed outside the conventional exhibition spaces.

The artist constructed the chairs by the reutilization and transformation of wooden drawers used by grocery stores. He distributed his work throughout the city (Rosedal, parks in Palermo), by bicycle and with the use of a docking trolley he built himself.

The artist still argues that he constructed the chairs seeking for transparency.

Alisdair Mac Rae
1974 | Born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada.
Lives and works in Ottawa, Canada.

2002 | MFA, Fine Arts Bard College.
1996 | BFA, University of Victoria.

Camanchacas Ross Creek Arts Center. Nova Scotia, Canada.
A Thousand Years To Live, Atrium Gallery. Ottawa, Canada.
We are the church Khyber Center for the Artes. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
100 Serpents: Architecture for the eye, Artist Run Center. Vancouver, Canada.
Dans ma famille, Galerie Verticale. Quebec, Canada.
On Sale, DYNAMO Gallery. Vancouver, Canada.

2011 | Ross Creek Center for the Arts. Nova Scotia, Canada.

2010 | Candidate for the Postgraduate Program in Art History, Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada.

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Site Specific

Transportable assembly
Intervención urbana


Artist Alisdair MacRae uses plans as a starting point for interpretation, examining issues of scale and perspective, as well as community and exchange, experienced through a hands-on, do-it-yourself approach that enables social and economical interactions.

In his proposal for ´ace, Portable ensamble a number of portable folding chairs, constructed in a public space, will be installed in various urban settings, providing a temporary site for people to have a dialogue or simply rest.

Through this project, the artist will engage with the public through sculpture and installation in a non-traditional setting, providing a forum for those in an urban setting to gather and discuss.

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Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

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