Christina Mackie’s ‘filters ’ go on show at Tate Britain 24 March 2015.
A commission supported by Sotheby’s , Christina Mackie: the filters (24 March – 18 October 2015) is a three-part installation by the artist inspired by her interest in colour and perception.
The composition of dipped silk nets suspended over pans of semi-crystallised dye is anchored to the floor of the south Duveen Gallery. The aerial network of ropes and colourful dyed silk is animated by the natural light that permeates the space. Alongside the nets, a vibrant yellow sculpture, suggestive of a scientific apparatus, is located in the central space of the Octagon. In the north Duveen Gallery, the installation is completed by a plinth displaying chunks of coloured cullet—raw glass sourced from a foundry.
Over the course of her career, Christina Mackie has produced a wide and varied body of work. She trained as a painter and her work has developed to span a range of media, including sculpture, watercolours, photographs, ceramics and found materials.
In 2007, she made The Large Huts for the lawn outside Tate Britain and in 2005 she won Beck’s Futures at the ICA. Recent exhibitions include PRAXES, Berlin (2014), Colour drop, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2014), Painting the Weights, Chisenhale Gallery, London and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2012).
the filters develops ideas set out in projects realised in 2014 in Berlin and Chicago.”Christina Mackie has long been interested in the exchange between the natural and man-made worlds as exemplified in pigment and paint, ” Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis said. “The rich historic collections surrounding the Duveen galleries have been magically reconfigured by her highly individual installation.”
Christina Mackie was born in Oxford in 1956 and studied at the Vancouver School of Art and St Martins College of Art, London. Her current work for Tate is the latest in a series of contemporary commissions wherein artists are invited to develop a new work in response to the Tate Britain’s neo-classical Duveen Galleries. Previous commissions have featured, among others, Phyllida Barlow (2014), Simon Starling (2013), Patrick Keiller (2012), Fiona Banner (2010), Eva Rothschild (2009), Martin Creed (2008), Mark Wallinger (2007), Michael Landy (2004), Anya Gallaccio (2002) and Mona Hatoum (2000).
Cheyenne Westphal from Sotheby’s said, “Year on year, the Tate Britain Commission continues to captivate and surprise audiences. Christina Mackie’s ambitious installation will carry forward this tradition.”
The annual Tate Britain commission is curated by Clarrie Wallis, curator of modern and contemporary British art at Tate and Isabella Maidment, assistant curator of contemporary British art at the gallery.