Mack Gingles - By a Thread
Mack Gingles was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was encouraged from the onset to become an artist, but his first steps were as a graphic designer. It became clear after some time in the profession that a painting studio was more in line with his creative desires. He then pursued another BFA in Studio Art from Louisiana Tech University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University. His life as an artist and educator began thereafter and for eight years he taught at different universities in the South. He then accepted a position at Baylor University in 2011 where he teaches as an Associate Professor of Art. Gingles’ narrative paintings have been exhibited widely across the United States and abroad. His work has been shown in Pärnu, Estonia, the Museum of Modern Fine Arts in Minsk, Belarus, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Macedonia, the Cvijeta Zuzoric in Belgrade, Serbia, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum in Gimpo-si, South Korea. He has been juried into more than 70 group exhibitions by notable curators, artists, art critics, and other professionals from around the world. Among these was an exhibition through the London Celeste Prize and publication through the circulated New American Paintings.
The By a Thread series roams a surreal space where people and animals alike wade through the flood waters of a broken planet. The inhabitants of this place search aimlessly for a way to rest as delirium sets in and a new dialog begins. Life after the high water is absurd to be sure, but I insist on depicting it nonetheless with a braided fishing line.
“You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable