Pi Artworks, 55 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8EG
Open Evening: Wednesday 13th November: 6-8pm
Informality is thrilled to announce renowned Australian sculptor, Jamie North's first solo show in the UK, at Pi Artworks, Fitzrovia, London. Inflection will celebrate new works, appearing in a state of arrested fragility. The exhibition questions our understanding of the current worldwide climate emergency and poses an awareness of an ecological tipping point. Shifted, vertical columns and elliptical glass play host to verdant plant communities, which survive despite the forceful impactions further examining a visual of our opportunity to protect our ecosystem or face irreversible decline.
11th November until 17th November
Pi Artworks London, 55 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8EG
Opening Reception: Wednesday 13th November 6-8pm
Informality and Pi Artworks are thrilled to announce Inflection, the first solo show in the UK of renowned Australian sculptor Jamie North. Indicative of his critically acclaimed sculptures combining blast furnace slag, concrete and blown glass, Inflection consists of an eroded column encircled by distorted elliptical terraria. These forms play host to living plant species native to the UK.
The title, Inflection refers to a tipping point or the crossing of an eco- logical threshold resulting in a shift toward a new systemic direction. The shifted column, Forward Projection (2019), teeters on an eroded axis, having slipped its vertical trajectory. The surrounding terraria sit in material contrast, their glassy surfaces indicating numerous past impacts. Together, they present as forms on the edge of a conflicted past and a perilous future.
Still, Inflection resists a nihilistic reading. North's work assuredly underlines a delicate balance at this critical ecological juncture. The assemblages of Hart's-tongue fern (Asplenium Scolopendrium) and other indigenous UK plant species are reframed as a form of hope for complex life, however tenuous. Implicit is the presentation of opportunity through positive action. Where there is opportunity, there is at least some promise.
Notes to editors:
Jamie North has exhibited widely, including numerous solo exhibitions at Sarah Cottier Gallery: Terraforms (2014), Remainder (2016), and Worlds (2019), and other commercial and institutional galleries throughout Australia. North has also completed many significant sculptural commissions including Rock Melt (2015), Chasm (2018), and Borrowed Landscape (2019). Internationally, North exhibited in Concrete (2015) at the Tophane-i-Amire Cultural Centre in Istanbul, and was a resident in the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Residences Programme in 2017. Other highlights include exhibiting in the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Work by Jamie North is held in major public collections including, Museum of Old and New (MONA) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).