The exhibition held renowned Australian artist, Jamie North and his first solo exhibition in the UK. The exhibition, Inflection refers to a tipping point of or the crossing of an ecological threshold resulting in a shift toward a new systemic direction. The exhibition ran for just a week and opened on the 12th November and consisted of an eroded column, Forward Projection, 2019 encircled by distorted elliptical terraria. These forms play host to living plant species native to the UK.
Forward Projection, 2019, teeters on an eroded axis, having slipped its vertical trajectory, surrounding the column, 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.
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.
About the artist
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).