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"Not Yet Earth" by Madeline Mackay, Opening Reception at Martha Street Studio

  • Martha Street Studio 11 Martha Street Winnipeg Canada (map)

Exhibition Dates: Friday January 11th - Friday February 8th, 2019

Opening Reception*: Friday January 11th, 5-8 pm *artist will be in attendance

Artist talk: Saturday, January 12th, 2 pm

Not Yet Earth explores the materiality of the body and the lines between sense of self, body, and inanimate material. Flesh and materiality permeate the exhibition, which is based on the artist's experience of illness. By repeatedly reconfiguring strips of discarded butchers' meat into patterns and structures, and interpreting this process through drawing, print and video, Mackay interrogates flesh as a material and asks questions about where the self ends and at what point the body ceases to be of the self and becomes other. Every series addresses a different aspect of these questions; CMYK screenprints break down colours so that one substance leaks into the next; videos animate the meat, giving it agency as an entity in its own right; a bank of etchings evidence the artist's repeated attempts to instill coherence into chaotic flesh. The show explores the anxiety that comes with recognizing the otherness of the body and renegotiating a relationship with it on new terms. More info here.