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His work evolves from his deep interest and knowledge of Sesshu Toyo, a 15th Century Japanese artist and Zen monk, whose approach to ink painting introduced the concept of “emptiness” or the “marvelous void” into Japanese painting.
Sesshu was deeply influential to Mc Laughlin in determining the use of rectilinear space as a “neutral structure” in his own hard-edge paintings.
In 1972 he was convicted for the manslaughter of his parents and brother-in-law and detained at Broadmoor Hospital.
His parents were UK immigrants from Guyana, formerly British Guiana.
In his constructions, the use of black and white unmasks the question of what is foreground or background, light or absence of light, compression or expansion.
The artist considers the possibilities of what constituted a successful composition by cutting and arranging squares and strips of paper adhered with miniature pieces of tape.
He was literally a genius and he was playing with people like Alexis Korner, taking over from Jack Bruce, and he was like, wow, this guy is something else.
During the 1960s he played and recorded with several musicians such as Alexis Korner, John Mc Laughlin, Pete Brown, Denny Laine, Vincent Crane and Duffy Power.It has an unusual 11/8 time signature and featured on Mc Laughlin's 1969 album ‘Extrapolation’.Mc Laughlin states in the liner notes “this is dedicated to Binky Mc Kenzie, one of the greatest bass players." During this period Mc Kenzie was dating Anne Fraser, sister of Andy Fraser who went on to become the bass player and songwriter with the group Free. The exhibition focuses on eight works on paper executed in 1973 that have never been shown before and as art historian and critic Phyllis Tuchman writes in a new scholarly essay prepared exclusively for the show, “are revelatory about a direction Mc Laughlin’s art might have been taking.” Numbered consecutively and made of construction paper and Scotch tape, the collages, or what Mc Laughlin termed ‘constructions,’ resemble compositions that closely hewed to his paintings.This is the fourth exhibition of works by the artist the gallery has mounted since 2010 and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder, because at the time, black musicians had a hard time of it. When he came out of the ‘nick’ (prison), he was one very, very angry young man indeed.” In 1969 Mc Laughlin also referred to this initial period of incarceration in the liner notes to ‘Extrapolation’, saying at the time he felt that Binky had been “unjustly jailed with his brother Bunny”.