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Jacky Redgate: Life of the System: 1980 – 2005 @ the MCA

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Published Friday, November 11, 2005

Sydney based artist Jacky Redgate takes over the newly refurbished Level 4 galleries with two exhibitions – a solo survey and a curated selection from the MCA Collection.

Redgate’s solo show combines conceptual rigour and formal beauty, showing the breadth and depth of her practice as she moves between photography and sculpture, with each discipline informing the other. Alongside this is Redgate’s selection from the MCA Collection, drawing on works from the year in which her family immigrated to Australia – 1967.

With a strong interest in systems, Redgate brings together various strands of intellectual investigation in her work, ranging across mathematics, science, aesthetics and art history. At the same time she examines the personal and social dimensions of images and objects. Jacky Redgate: Life of the System features key photographic series and sculptural works drawn from the past twenty-five years, as well as a new series of photographs created for the exhibition. The artist says, this exhibition is an opportunity to make relationships between the works that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. It’s challenging to be able to show the photographic work alongside sculpture – and to see the links between the two.

Equal solids by Jacky Redgate
Equal solids—Volume 25,196,000 cubic mm each, 1993–94
Composition board, nylon and stainless steel strand
6 parts, dimensions variable, edition of 2
Courtesy the artist and Sherman Galleries, Sydney, © the artist. Photograph: Michael Kluvanek.
STRAIGHTCUT  by Jacky Redgate
Straightcut #6, 2001–02
type C photograph, frame 75.0 x 98.0 cm, edition 1 of 5
Image courtesy of the artist and Sherman Galleries, Sydney. © the artist.
Untitled, By Jacky Redgate
Untitled (Vase Shape #1–#5), 1989
wood, ceramic, acrylic, 5 parts, each 149.0 x 70.0 x 105.0 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Sherman Galleries, Sydney, © the artist
Installation view, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Photograph: Tim Marshall.

This exhibition originated in the major survey held at The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) in 2004 – an ambitious project which was spread over three shows chronologically. It was later shown at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Now at the MCA it has evolved from its original form, with the inclusion of new work that has developed from the process. A major monograph on Redgate’s work, published by CACSA, will also be launched for the MCA exhibition.

You can visit this exhibition from 28 November 2005 – 5 March 2006 at the MCA.

Sourced from a Press Release from the MCA.

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