In an essay for an online show of McNeil's work at Curating Contemporary, Behnke writes: "McNeil begins a painting with a seminal symbol, so long in use that it has become embedded in the universal unconsciousness. These familiar symbols are explored like ruins, through the layering of paint and scraping it away. With the use of transparent veils, and clots of paint and medium, these symbols are picked apart, demolished and built again into a new order. McNeil pushes beyond the original symbol in his search for meaning."
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