6 April -
18 May 2019
Gertrude Contemporary21-31 High St, Preston VIC 3072
Opening: Friday 5 April 6-8pm
Working with arcane methods of mineral and resource extraction, Jamie North has gained critical attention for his ruinous appearing sculptures made from hand-produced concrete. Treating a traditionally mass-produced process with artisanal care, North creates formal structures that appear to have been weathered and deteriorated by the elements, while fostering and supporting emerging plant-life. Slag Studies began to unpack the modes of production for which the artist is renowned. In a suite of photographic works, North depicted the industrial process of extracting iron, rendered moodily dark and foreboding, with machinery moving to tip molten slag into a churned landscape. In each, the slag pot appeared as a fierce and luminous embodiment of energy, not dissimilar to the sun. This circular motif echoes throughout the sculptural works through the coring of slag rocks resulting in cylindrical tunnels. Some of these are filled with water, while in others lithophytes nestle in the cavities, bringing the carboniferous process full cycle. Each sculpture alluded to the various studio processes the artist employs in the making of his sculptural work, with the slag that has been used primarily as a material component in previous works essentialised and taking centre stage.
Jamie North lives and works in Sydney. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Worlds, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2019); Swamp Anatomy, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2018); Slidings, The Lock-Up, Newcastle (2017); Remainder, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2016); Rock Melt, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2015); Terraforms, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2014); and innoerouter, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2013). Selected recent group exhibitions include 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Fleurieu Art Prize, Samstag Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide (2016); Concrete, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014) and Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul (2015); Nature/Revelation, Ian Potter Museum, University of Melbourne; and the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists, Artspace, Sydney (2013).
Jamie North is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.
Images courtesy of the artist.