Meet Mackenzie Anne Spindler: a versatile and talented contemporary artist, who’s work has been described as both striking and unconventional. Mackenzie’s work, no matter what medium she chooses, can only be described as nothing short of sheer genius. Her art is all about the constant strive for originality, creativity, and expression. She is a transformational artist who does not fear exploration and innovation. She constantly is mixing up her style and experimenting with her craft. Mackenzie’s exceptional approach to art, with her interesting choice of materials and flare, is a pleasure to observe. She is an artist who does not fear change or modernism. She understands how to pay great attention to detail when it comes to creating art, including its underlying meanings and purpose. Mackenzie has a full mind of ideas and self-expressions like no other. She is an artist in every sense of the word and is extremely driven and motivated to push limits and boundaries in the art field.

“I could describe my work as grungy, gritty, conceptual, or unconventional. I love getting my hands dirty behind a concept I have much feeling towards. Piecing everything together, fine lines and sharp corners ‘clean it up’ as I come to better understand my feelings behind the work.”

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Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, this NYC based is starting to cast some vibrant contrast on the art community. She fell into the hands of a creative power at a young age, selling her first painting at 8. Starting MIKISPIN at 16 as creative sales and design company. The camera, her tool of trade. Spent 8 months in Tarifa, Spain building her photo portfolio. Later moving to NYC in 2012, working with New York’s primary art influencers and collaborating with og street artists. While pursuing more creative outlets she came back to painting. Now, combining a God-given eye with the intimacy of a brushstroke. She takes complex ideas and concepts and portray them simply. This minimalistic mixed media allows her to bring more texture, more grit and purity, with more room for free thinking to the canvas. She works with raw metals, fabrics and wood. Living in this crazy city of dreams and misfortune, she calls this her industrial influence.

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Mackenzie believes that we are all creators, here to serve a unique purpose. Her art reflects an ongoing journey, never turning away from struggle or sitting in content, But rather diving into extremes strengthening her craft. Her influencers range from fashion figures and cinematographers to architects and philanthropists. Mackenzie’s experience with creative direction, working in Andy Warhol’s infamous Factory sparked a desire to bring together a collective. MIKISPIN is currently transforming into a production house for artists, directors, and like minded creatives.

“Living in New York City, constantly surrounded by ads, I’ve become tired of being told where to shop, what to buy, I what I need… As a creative, I look to escape from society’s superficial, disconnected, instant gratification, isolated regression we’re making as humanity. With my experience in production, I see how truth gets overlooked when greed and selfishness take over. If you have a great product, advertising it isn’t necessary. Our society is more concerned with looking good, rather than being good. Through my work I simply hope to remind us the importance of the raw elements.”

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Her current projects, post no bills” and “nheatpaste”, focus on the slow deterioration around us in a world of instant gratification and blissful ignorance. Wheatpaste is a liquid adhesive used to post paper on buildings, construction sites, over existing wheatpastes, etc. Wheatpasting could be considered vandalism, used for advertising, street art, or simply overlooked entirely. Project Nheatpaste formed its name in the process by which Mackenzie creates the work. She finds it interesting that street artists risk being fined or arrested only to put out a message… meanwhile corporate companies outsource the unaffiliated to illegally post then lure in money for their product. Frustrated with this subjugation, Mackenzie waits for ads to be pasted on the streets. Catching it before it drys, she rips through the top layers of paper bringing new colors and texture to a dull scam. This becomes a never ending process due to the excessive layering. She then photographs her ‘vandalism’, print, paint, re-paste, and build a frame for her small conquest. These are her mini forms of corporate destruction. Each piece is classified as an Issue. Like in a magazine, a topic up for debate, or distributing an item for sale. This is an ongoing series. 7 pieces have been completed thus far.

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The contemporary art world is vibrant and booming like never before and it’s a twenty-first-century phenomenon, a global industry in its own right. Contemporary artists seek the power to astonish, satisfy and challenge: the legend of Mackenzie’s artwork achieves all of these things. She showcases art that the public may not ordinarily have access to outside of a large urban environment within a welcoming, creative, and inspirational platform. She is a real artist of not only painting but of innovation, lifestyle and artistic interpretation. As time goes on Mackenzie will continue to delve deeper into the world of art by utilizing a wide range of mediums and taking an intimate approach to art direction and design, building her brand and developing more designs and artwork. We will all be looking forward to seeing what she accomplishes next with her limitless style and creativity!

For more info, visit her website at: MackenzieSpindler.com

Follow her on Facebook: Facebook.com/Mikispinstudio

 

About The Author

Sara Nardea is no stranger to the art world, selling her own paintings and curating exhibitions -- from pop art to abstraction and now to art journalism, she is bringing her New York success to the up-and-coming Miami scene. Sara is now a contributing writer at L'Etage Magazine.

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