Roy McMakin’s artwork crosses many disciplines; his practice integrates furniture, architecture, sculpture, photography, and installation. Over the course of his career, he has moved back and forth between construction and documentation of domestic objects and buildings. His exhibition Roy McMakin: A Breadbox and a Mug, Each Depicted in Sculpture and Photography (2007) involved the artist painstakingly photographing quadrants of home furnishings then splicing them together to make a 1:1 scale whole, revealing the imperfections of the objects and our perceptions.
McMakin received his MFA in 1982 from University of California at San Diego, La Jolla. He has had solo exhibitions at Ambach & Rice, Seattle, Washington (2010); Cristina Grajales Inc., New York, New York (2010); Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas (2010); Established & Sons, London, England (2009); Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2008); James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2008); and James Harris Gallery, Seattle (2008). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including As It Seems, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2007); Shaker Design: Out of this World, Shelburne, Vermont (2007); Furnishing Assumptions, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California (2006); and Specific Objects: The Minimalist Influence, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla (2005).