This short, by Paddy Johnson, first appeared in artfagcity.com, December 2007.
“…First time NADA exhibitor SUNDAY immediately comes to mind, his booth filled with the layered material sculptures of Michael Jones McKean. It’s a ballsy move; objects don’t sell as easily as paintings, they are pricey to transport, and there’s no back up if the work doesn’t sell. But SUNDAY director Sean Horton talks about his goals for presenting the art first, “With fairs, it’s either too dark or too crowded…we have enough space to do one person’s work justice” says Horton, whose booth is a beacon of light in response to that issue. McKean’s montage sculptures achieve a level of accomplishment in space activation and exhibition design I have yet to see matched at any art fair, including Basel. What’s more, the work itself is amongst the best I’ve seen, the negative and positive space creating complexity and surface to the work. The arrangements themselves would seem almost too perfectly placed, were it not for the use rich textiles, which demand deliberation of that sort.”