COOPER COLE is pleased to present Jerky Out, Gnar In, a solo exhibition of the work of Georgia Dickie.
For this exhibition, Dickie presents a space of precarity in which boundaries are flexible and tangled with our lived experiences. Over the past year, the artist’s short walk between her home and studio has narrowed the patterns in her collecting of discarded objects, and in turn shaped the way her new sculptures have evolved. Dickie’s artistic logic is based in rebalancing and eschewing the values assigned to material objects.
The artist uses found materials, collects them in her studio, and goes through a process of shaping assemblages that create a new set of relations between materials. Often appearing physically or conceptually precarious, Dickie’s works remain liminal, and intentionally question what it means to attain subjectivity. In some cases, this means the artist continues to adjust the works for a period of time, including during installation. By contrast, works with the most fragile appearance—for example made of shopping bags and cardboard— are in fact densely doused in adhesive and completely impenetrable.
Dickie’s artistic approach subverts the way we relate to familiar objects and sculpture. Her work transcends these boundaries both physically and conceptually, creating a space that counters capitalist growth models, essentializing categories, and linear narratives. Embedded in this methodology is a deep environmental consciousness that up-cycles the remnants of a hyper-consumerist culture. The title Jerky Out, Gnar In references the nature of consumption in relation to waste production, creating a somewhat arbitrary dichotomy that mirrors Dickie’s practice and its engagement with chaos, entropy, containment, and impermanence.