Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, 1051 Copenhagen K, Denmark,
11 Jun 2012
Title : Christina Mackie, installation view, Painting the Weights, 2012 Photo Anders Sune Berg, courtesy: Herald St, London; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Website : www.kunsthalcharlottenborg.dk
This is the first exhibition in scandinavia by the Canadian artist Christina Mackie. The exhibition, entitled Painting the Weights, consists of an extraordinary installation that features such diverse elements as watercolours, photographs and ceramics, as well as found materials that range from mineral specimens to plastic beer crates. The exhibition follows Mackie's ongoing fascination with both human technologies and natural materials, and her exploration of the connections that run between people, societies and the natural world.
Mackie's exhibition is conceived as a single installation in two main parts. In the first galleries a host of found and crafted objects is arranged on makeshift tables and shelves, reflecting the artist's studio environment. This sequence follows a principle of repetition and morphosis that runs through mackie's work as a whole.
For example, the various forms in the ink drawings hung in the first space are reflected in the image of a mushroom cloud, which in turn is echoed by the shape of a jellyfish. Moreover, two videos featured in the first room are repeated in the second, one displayed in 3D and one bounced off a mirror, thus playing out other possible dimensions of the work.