Lee McDonald

youngblood expo

FMI Groningen



The machine series depicts military vehicles, such as a helicopter or as a truck, made from soft cardboard and various other cheap and fragile materials. The viewer is often invited to enter or interact with the machines, although the outcomes are often pointless – for example, blowing up a balloon just to destroy it. Sometimes these absurdities are congruent with the senselessness of war. Their idiocy comes forward in silly details, for example, a helicopter with tiny, pathetic wings or when objects reach a climax and produce strange sounds. In addition to its engagement with political topics, Mc Donalds entire body of work scrutinizes the seriousness of art through its scrappy aesthetic.

Extract Text from FMI Graduation catalogue 2017
Written by Anna-Rosja Haveman & Vanessa van ‘t Hoogt