Benveniste Contemporary

UNCHAINED

UNCHAINED

Sean Mackaoui

The most important tool of the assembly artist Sean Mackaoui is the scissors. With them, he removes images from their original context putting them together again, creating new, completely independent compositions. Anything can serve as raw material: photos, old advertisements or an anatomy atlas – everything is malleable in Mackaoui’s hands. In the best Dadaist tradition, he removes the images from their original contexts, intended meanings and purposes, freeing them from their chains of semantics, replacing them back together again in surprising, aesthetically coherent combinations.

To look into his works is to discover a vast territory where images that were never thought to be together before now coexist. In this sense, his way of working seems very similar to the one of poetry. Mackaoui is a visual poet of the scissors and his collages visual writings.

UNCHAINED is a journey of love understood through the prisms of this atypical and astute artist and just like the ever-expanding boundaries of love there is nothing limited or mechanical, nor any orderly fashion in the way each image has been created. The results are often peculiarly floating, eluding clear interpretations and definitions of meaning. Even so, each association has previously passed through the artists’ particular filter of instinct and reason and they express exactly what he wants to say, always in their own elective affinities.

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Sean Mackaoui

Femme fatale

2014

200 x 140 cm. (framed)

Photogravure and chine collé

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Set of 8 prints. Edition of 8

€ 5.800,00 excl. vat

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Sean Mackaoui

Books you Read but never write

2014

99,5 x 74 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 12

€ 2.160,00 excl. vat

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Sean Mackaoui

Spanish fly

2014

124,5 x 98 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure, monotype and chine collé

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 12

€ 2.160,00 excl. vat

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Sean Mackaoui

Under my skin

2014

100 x 77 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 12

€ 2.160,00 excl vat

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Sean Mackaoui

Cupid

2014

83 x 128 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and chine collé

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 12

€ 2.160,00 excl vat

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Sean Mackaoui

The Strip

2014

49,5 x 50 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 10

€ 1.225,00 excl vat

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Fetish

Sean Mackaoui

2014

47 x 38 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and chine collé

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 18

€ 400,00 excl vat

Sean Mackaoui

High on you

2014

47 x 38 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and chine collé

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 18

€ 400,00 excl vat

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9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Sean Mackaoui

Wild is the wind

2014

47 x 38 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and chine collé

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 18

€ 400,00 excl vat

Sean Mackaoui

No more shall we part

2014

47 x 38 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and chine collé

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 18

€ 400,00 excl vat

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Sean Mackaoui (1969) was born in Switzerland but is not Swiss. This Anglo-Lebanese arrived in Madrid 26 years ago, armed with his scissors and a box of scraps. He is very lucky to keep cutting and pasting, and his scrap box is already the patriarch of a large family. Mackaoui divides his time in constructing illustrations for national and international media, occasionally losing himself in his own world of collages and objects that, at times, swarm through exhibition halls. He has been designing sets and costumes for municipal and national theatres for 7 years in the Nordic countries and is Honorary Director of the Collage Museum of San Francisco, USA.

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