William MacDonnell: Hortus Siccus

October 2 - 27, 1990

"The Romance of Ruins. These works involve a particular examination of 20th century history held in pace by an added focus on ruination; historical place and site are wedged between irony and a call for meaning. Here architecture and landscape are distanced by history for these works are not 'of' history, they are not tied to the site or place or moment in ways our history teaches conclusions, what was 'true' to the moment. Rather Bill's paintings propose in ruination the stopping of story-telling." Mary Scott

William MacDonnell: Hortus Siccus Catalogue [PDF]