Christina Mackie renders multi-layered exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery London

By Mark Sheerin | 24 January 2012
Colour photo of a folding camping chair
Christina Mackie pitches up with an intriguing show© Christina Mackie. All rights reserved
Exhibition: Christina Mackie – Painting the Weights, Chisenhale Gallery, London, until March 11 2012

There's surely a note of irony in a show named after a tedious and confusing aspect of digital animation. This is sculpture, after all, and not video gaming.

But once completed, painting weights will allow a figure to flex its joints in a pleasing and convincing way. So if applied to the concrete elements of an exhibition, it promises a well-proportioned, seamless show.

And Christina Mackie does like to produce work in convincing bodies. Her last London show (at Herald Street) featured a melting hippo, the wooden outline of a 2.5 metre tall man, and a polyhedron, which by all accounts built up layers.

The current exhibition at Chisenhale promises some equally playful relations. While keeping details under wraps, the gallery advertises sculpture, video, photography and drawing. Relations between these media should be more than aesthetic.

Mackie has also painted weight across all her latest pieces by introducing themes such as geology, societal structures, forces of representation and the dematerialisation of the body. If that sounds heavy, then job done.

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