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Exhibitions

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS

Solo shows:

2004 Synthesis: photocollage
Plumas County Arts Council Gallery
Quincy, California

2001 Bodyscapes/Landscapes
Plumas County Arts Council Gallery
Quincy, California

1998 Hallowed Ground
Plumas County Arts Council
Quincy, California

1996 Helen MacKinlay: Photographs
d p Fong Gallery ,
San Jose California

1994 In The Beginning,
an installation, Sommerville Park, Singapore

1991 Bodily Speaking
Notices: the Gallery, Singapore.
Accompanying book: Helen MacKinlay: Fifty-five Photographs

Group Shows

2000 10th Annual Juried Center Awards 2000
Juror: Marc Holbert
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California

2000 A Woman’s View
Atrium Gallery at the Mitchell Museum
Trinidad, Colorado

2000 Man/Woman: Viewpoints
Juror: Bruce McGraw
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sebastopol, California

2000 Black and White and Read all Over
Plumas County Arts Council Gallery
Quincy, California

2000 Adornment
Plumas County Arts Council Gallery
Quincy, California

1999 Annual Valentine Art Exhibition
Institute of Contemporary Art,
San Jose, California

1999 Black and White and Shades of Gray
Plumas County Arts Council
Quincy, California

1998 Fotografie
Villa Haiss Museum fur Zeitgenossische Kunst
Zell, Germany

1998 Open Juried Art Exhibition, First Prize
Juror: Dale Latinen
Feather River Art Association,
Quincy, California

1992 The Nude: A Classic.
Silver Image Gallery Seattle, Washington

1991 Sacred Sites.
Ghia Gallery San Francisco, California

1990 Arte and Materia
National Museum of Art, Singapore

1987 The Human Vessel,
Sun Gallery, Hayward, California

1985 Hard- Edge Figures,
San Jose Art Center, California

1984 Impressions
West Valley College Art Gallery, Saratoga, California

1984 The Woman in Art,
West Valley College Art Gallery, Saratoga, California

1983 Studies in Black and White,
Group 21, Los Gatos California

1983 The Single Light Source
San Jose Art Center, California

Artist’s Statement

Helen MacKinlay

For the past 20 years, black and white photography has been the art medium I prefer and the human figure my chosen genre. Because it is both familiar and yet alien, the human figure is a haven for recognition and also a vehicle for self discovery. I often see the human form as sculpture. I try to capture its latent power or vulnerability, hoping that the sensual image on the paper will become a vibrant voice. I consider the nude a universal genre and the silver gelatin process a timeless technique. There’s no other medium that translates the sensual beauty of the human figure so well.

Other portfolios I have in progress include subjects such as sacred sites, trees, Asian and European lifestyles and architecture.