ALGORITHMS - GRAIL MOTHS, LARGISH TOM, MISTRAL HOG, LOAMS GIRTH, SHALOM GRIT, SOLAR MIGHT, ROAMS LIGHT, MORAL SIGHT, A GRIM SLOTH, A LOGS MIRTH, MORTAL SIGH
Sat 13 Jul 2019 - Sun 08 Sep 2019
A solo exhibition of new work by Nicky Hirst, whose practice may be described as an exploration of serendipity that can occur in unintended and unexpected places. Her sources may be particular objects or certain words whose meaning she subtly shifts by manipulation or juxtaposition. Hirst’s output includes drawing, sculpture, collage, printed text, photography and public art commissions and, while avoiding simple categorisation, her art is always characterised by a measured stance and sensitivity towards materials.
Unconventionally, the show’s twelve new works were initially conceived as titles, each an anagram of the word Algorithms, before being realised as artworks in response to their name; Grail Moths, Largish Tom, Mistral Hog, Loams Girth, Shalom Grit, Solar Might, Roams Light, Moral Sight, A Grim Sloth, A Logs Mirth, Mortal Sigh, each speaking to Hirst’s particular methodology of collecting, curating and collaging images, words and objects.
As part of this exhibition, Nicky Hirst created artworks that were made available to purchase from Exeter Phoenix.
Nicky Hirst, Algorithms (multiple), 2019
A tin of Alphabetti Spaghetti with reconfigured label in a signed and numbered edition of 20.