Ranald Macdonald's work is about the experience of reality and how exposure to popular culture and digital media, particularly in early life, lenses that experience. For this reason he uses subjects that he has already internalised without meaning to, usually cliched or universal things that he has been able to render freely from my imagination. He finds it interesting how in one sense they can be read almost hieroglyphically, but in another, through their ubiquitous cultural presence, become strangely empty, like a word repeated too many times. This complexity allows the works to be experienced on their own terms, as empty vessels or liminal spaces, for the viewer to enter and explore.
May 7, 2022