Christina Mackie: The Judges III

2 July–12 September 2021

The Judges lll (2013), a major work by artist Christina Mackie, is in the collection of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. Hospitalfield will have this wonderful complex sculpture on loan and installed in the Picture Gallery, inserting itself in to the Victorian collections. This is the first time that this major art work has been exhibited outside of Nottingham. 

The Judges III is a sculptural assemblage featuring materials ranging from biomedical data and geological field-research to watercolour techniques and artisanal sculptures. Within the installation, minerals unfold as paint, as slip, as clay and as glaze and piles of mineral sand occur, which were funnelled and poured, flowing between objects.

The key image that informs the work is a set of massive brooding stone outcrops suggesting the character of judges. Through this work Mackie explores the concept of judgement and its role in all our lives. A powerful controlling force whether one is the judge or the judged. 

The Judges III was conceived by Mackie based on research into the Nottingham Museums and Castle Museum collections: Geology, colour, the concept of “collection”, the handmade, history, the 20th century interwar period paintings. The work was commissioned and acquired by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries after receiving the major Annual Award for Museums from the Contemporary Art Society in 2011.

We are grateful to Christina Mackie, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Herald St in their support of realising the loan of this major art work.

The exhibition will be open by for visitors from Thursday – Saturday by appointment at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

1 courtesy of Hospitalfield. Photographer Ruth Clark.
2-3  courtesy of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. Photographer Andy Keate.

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Christina Mackie

Christina Mackie (b. 1956, Oxford) is a Canadian artist based in London.  Mackie’s work is a combination of making and appropriating. The things Mackie makes – ceramics, watercolours, collages, assemblages, videos, photos, computer-generated graphics – openly fraternise with the quotidian. Best characterised as arrangements rather than installations, her works are occasionally punctuated with simple, unaltered functional objects from her immediate environment. Mackie’s preoccupation with objecthood is coupled with more rudimentary considerations of matter and materiality, a key characteristic of which is colour. Testing the capacities of materials such as crystals, clay, garnet sand, dye and pigment blocks against forces of compression, gravity, technology or sheer observation, Mackie’s practice circumvents conceptual strategies and turns towards an investigation of the world of things and its interconnections.

Mackie has had major solo exhibitions across the UK at Tate Britain, Henry Moore Institute and Chisenhale Gallery. She is represented by Herald St Gallery in London and Catriona Jeffries in Vancouver.


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