25 June–30 July, 2022
6 Minerva Street

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For Frozen Game, Georgia Dickie shipped twenty boxes from her studio in Toronto to London. Each of these cardboard cartons contains a sculptural assemblage of material, scavenged detritus found in the snowdrifts and puddles of her local streets, temporarily immortalised in polluted ice until their rediscovery and revitalisation in Dickie’s work. While continuing an ongoing practice in seeking out otherwise discarded materials for her constructions, more recently, the journey between home and studio has narrowed the patterns in Dickie’s collecting of objects, thereby shaping the scale and content of this new, more intimate body of work.

While each sculpture might shift and change by chance during shipping, this only happens within the limits of a deliberately controlled system. Though the boxes are vessels, they don’t merely contain the works’ content, they are the content. Alongside these wall-based works, innumerable discarded paper coffee cups cover a central plinth in the gallery, with no more distance from the floor than a pavement curb. Dickie’s obsessive fascination with lowest rung materials, the gross bits that get caught in street crevices and sidewalk edging stemmed from an urge to create something self-contained. Often appearing precarious in their assembly, in these works the artist focuses on smaller, intricate fragments of material information, affixing matter to each cup and inside each box. In Frozen Game, Dickie considers our subjective choices, the value-based decisions we make in collecting and discarding items, in order to tease out a reflection and reconsideration of how we experience our material surroundings.

Georgia Dickie (b.1989) lives and works in Toronto. Past solo and two-person exhibitions include: Jerky Out, Gnar In at Cooper Cole, Toronto (2021); Agouti Sky at Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2019); Those Who Feed Birds at Jeffrey Stark, New York (2017); How Many Antennae at Cooper Cole, Toronto (2017); Encoach at Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore (2016) with Keith J. Varadi and CLOSING at Et. Al, etc., San Francesco (2016) with Bjorn Copeland. Selected group exhibitions include: I hear your keys clinking at Fragment Gallery, Moscow (2021); Condo London at Emalin Gallery hosting Cooper Cole, London (2020); Condo New York at Rachel Uffner Gallery hosting Cooper Cole and Night Gallery, New York (2018); Luca Vitone, Georgia Dickie, David Jablonowski at Rolando Anselmi, Berlin (2018); Quart d’heure américain at Mains d’Oeuvres, Saint-Ouen, France (2017); True Lies at Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); Showroom at Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto (2016). Dickie was one of the recipients of the 2020 Sobey Art Award, and the 2014 recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize. In February 2015, she was the Canada Council for the Arts artist in residence at Acme Studios in London.

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Exhibition pamphlet