Jerky Out, Gnar In

COOPER COLE is pleased to present Jerky Out, Gnar In, a solo exhibition of the work of Georgia Dickie.

For this exhibition, Dickie presents a space of precarity in which boundaries are flexible and tangled with our lived experiences. Over the past year, the artist’s short walk between her home and studio has narrowed the patterns in her collecting of discarded objects, and in turn shaped the way her new sculptures have evolved.

Dickie’s artistic logic is based in rebalancing and eschewing the values assigned to material objects. The artist uses found materials, collects them in her studio, and goes through a process of  shaping assemblages that create a new set of relations between materials. Often appearing  physically or conceptually precarious, Dickie’s works remain liminal, and intentionally question what it means to attain subjectivity. In some cases, this means the artist continues to adjust the works for a period of time, including during installation. By contrast, works with the most fragile appearance—for example made of shopping bags and cardboard— are in fact densely doused in adhesive and completely impenetrable.

Dickie’s artistic approach subverts the way we relate to familiar objects and sculpture. Her work transcends these boundaries both physically and conceptually, creating a space that counters capitalist growth models, essentializing categories, and linear narratives. Embedded in this methodology is a deep environmental consciousness that up-cycles the remnants of a hyper-consumerist culture. The title Jerky Out, Gnar In references the nature of consumption in relation to waste production, creating a somewhat arbitrary dichotomy that mirrors Dickie’s practice and its engagement with chaos, entropy, containment, and impermanence.

Georgia Dickie (b.1989, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) earned her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2011. She was one of the recipients of the 2020 Sobey Art Award, and the 2014 recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally including Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2019), Rolando Anselmi, Berlin (2018), Jeffrey Stark, New York (2017), Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2017), Cooper Cole (2017), Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore (2016), Art Museum of U of T, Toronto (2016), The Power Plant, Toronto (2013), and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2012). In February 2015, she was the Canada Council for the Arts artist in residence at Acme Studios in London, UK. Dickie currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Artworks

Georgia Dickie

Steel Pillars

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Steel Pillars, 2020

Mixed media collage on wood

G.Dickie0148

9" X 4.9" X 2.8"
22.86cm X 12.45cm X 7.11cm

Georgia Dickie

Stored with ease

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Stored with ease, 2020

Paper, plastic, and glue

G.Dickie0152

2.8" X 4.9" X 2.8"
7.11cm X 12.45cm X 7.11cm

Georgia Dickie

Prudent Fin

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Prudent Fin, 2020

Mixed media collage on wood

G.Dickie0156

13.4" X 8.4" X 1.5"
34.04cm X 21.34cm X 3.81cm

Georgia Dickie

Molt, Mate, Die

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Molt, Mate, Die, 2020

Mixed media collage, cardboard, and tape on wood

G.Dickie0150

15.5" X 11.5" X 0.6"
39.37cm X 29.21cm X 1.52cm

Georgia Dickie

YYY

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YYY, 2020

Found objects and paint

G.Dickie0180

10" X 5" X 3.5"
25.4cm X 12.7cm X 8.89cm

Georgia Dickie

Scene, special (patio)

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Scene, special (patio), 2020

Found objects and cardboard on wood

G.Dickie0194

8.5" X 9" X 10"
21.59cm X 22.86cm X 25.4cm

Georgia Dickie

Scene, special (bench)

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Scene, special (bench), 2020

Found metal, wood, and paint

G.Dickie0181

9.1" X 4.7" X 2.8"
23.11cm X 11.94cm X 7.11cm

Georgia Dickie

plywood pink (Light Pleasure)

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plywood pink (Light Pleasure), 2020

Found wood, paper, and paint

G.Dickie0174

17" X 6.75" X 3.5"
43.18cm X 17.14cm X 8.89cm

Georgia Dickie

plywood mint (Multitask)

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plywood mint (Multitask), 2020

Found objects, wood, paint, and glue

G.Dickie0172

17.25" X 5.25" X 2.5"
43.81cm X 13.33cm X 6.35cm

Georgia Dickie

plywood green (Various Hat Boat)

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plywood green (Various Hat Boat), 2020

Found objects, wood, and wood stain

G.Dickie0173

19" X 9" X 2.5"
48.26cm X 22.86cm X 6.35cm

Georgia Dickie

Gear (hi-viz)

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Gear (hi-viz), 2021

Found wood, plastic, and paint

G.Dickie0190

16" X 7" X 2.5"
40.64cm X 17.78cm X 6.35cm

Georgia Dickie

Bulb

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Bulb, 2021

Found objects and wood

G.Dickie0189

12.75" X 8.75" X 2.5"
32.38cm X 22.22cm X 6.35cm

Georgia Dickie

Plank

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Plank, 2021

Found objects and wood stain

G.Dickie0171

6" X 21.5" X 6"
15.24cm X 54.61cm X 15.24cm

Georgia Dickie

Oryx

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Oryx, 2020

Found objects

G.Dickie0179

20.5" X 16" X 6.5"
52.07cm X 40.64cm X 16.51cm

Georgia Dickie

Modest Reach

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Modest Reach, 2020

Found wood and paint

G.Dickie0175

17.25" X 17" X 13"
43.81cm X 43.18cm X 33.02cm

Georgia Dickie

Lonesome player (pivot)

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Lonesome player (pivot), 2020

Found wood, metal, and plastic with wood stain

G.Dickie0177

13.5" X 6" X 6"
34.29cm X 15.24cm X 15.24cm

Georgia Dickie

Exiting beak first

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Exiting beak first, 2021

Found plastic, metal, wood, and objects

G.Dickie0176

21.5" X 9" X 8"
54.61cm X 22.86cm X 20.32cm

Georgia Dickie

Dolphin Arc

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Dolphin Arc, 2021

Found metal, plastic, and wood

14.5" X 4.5" X 9.75"
36.83cm X 11.43cm X 24.76cm

Georgia Dickie

Bath (partial)

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Bath (partial), 2021

Paper bag, newsprint, plastic bird decoy, and glue

G.Dickie0167

14" X 9.5" X 15"
35.56cm X 24.13cm X 38.1cm

Georgia Dickie

Antelope

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Antelope, 2020

Found chair leg, wood bowl and metal

G.Dickie0178

19.5" X 6" X 6"
49.53cm X 15.24cm X 15.24cm

Georgia Dickie

Weight Station

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Weight Station, 2021

Wood and found objects

G.Dickie0186

27.75" X 11" X 4"
70.48cm X 27.94cm X 10.16cm

Georgia Dickie

ToolHog

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ToolHog, 2020

Found objects and paint

G.Dickie0184

24.25" X 7" X 4"
61.59cm X 17.78cm X 10.16cm

Georgia Dickie

Oily, I’m on the first step…

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Oily, I'm on the first step..., 2021

Found objects and wood stain on wood base

G.Dickie0185

30.5" X 4.75" X 4"
77.47cm X 12.06cm X 10.16cm

Georgia Dickie

Missing One

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Missing One, 2020

Found objects and wood stain on wood base

G.Dickie0182

23" X 9.5" X 5.25"
58.42cm X 24.13cm X 13.33cm

Georgia Dickie

Maintenance

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Maintenance, 2020

Paper bag with mixed media contents and glue

8" X 14.75" X 10.5"
20.32cm X 37.46cm X 26.67cm

Georgia Dickie

Last week of October

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Last week of October, 2021

Wood, found objects, and wood stain

9" X 12" X 7.5"
22.86cm X 30.48cm X 19.05cm

Georgia Dickie

Fork

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Fork, 2020

Found objects, wood, paint, and wood stain

G.Dickie0170

9" X 13.5" X 8"
22.86cm X 34.29cm X 20.32cm

Georgia Dickie

Additional Slices

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Additional Slices, 2020

Found wood and paint

G.Dickie0183

31.5" X 5" X 3.5"
80.01cm X 12.7cm X 8.89cm

Georgia Dickie

Rooster

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Rooster, 2020

Found objects and wood stain on wood base

G.Dickie0161

27.5" X 9" X 5"
69.85cm X 22.86cm X 12.7cm

Georgia Dickie

Maquette for Dream Home

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Maquette for Dream Home, 2021

Cardboard box, found objects, glue, hi-hat cymbal and stand, and found metal base

Cardboard box: 12 x 37.5 x 29 inches Base: 16 x 33 x 33 inches Hi-hat and stand: 41 x 22 x 25 inches

G.Dickie0151

Georgia Dickie

In awe of plum loin

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In awe of plum loin, 2021

Found objects, stool cushion seat, measuring cups, wood, and wood stain

G.Dickie0162

33" X 12" X 8"
83.82cm X 30.48cm X 20.32cm

Georgia Dickie

A bit like the lesion

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A bit like the lesion, 2020

Cardboard and mixed media collage on wood

G.Dickie0157

34.3" X 41" X 1.4"
87.12cm X 104.14cm X 3.56cm

Georgia Dickie

Pure Quit

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Pure Quit, 2020

Found objects

G.Dickie0159

37" X 12" X 36"
93.98cm X 30.48cm X 91.44cm

Georgia Dickie

Privet

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Privet, 2021

Found objects, metal, ceramic plate, shop towel, apple core, paper bag, plastic bin, plastic bag, metronome, foam, and glue

Dimensions variable

G.Dickie0149

Georgia Dickie

Beth

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Beth, 2020

Found cardboard, paper, and wood

G.Dickie0147

64" X 21" X 8"
162.56cm X 53.34cm X 20.32cm

Georgia Dickie

Moment of Serious Poignancy (Throne)

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Moment of Serious Poignancy (Throne), 2021

Found objects, plastic, chair, and tape

G.Dickie0192

37" X 24" X 32"
93.98cm X 60.96cm X 81.28cm

Georgia Dickie

In order to build the new medium

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In order to build the new medium, 2020

Found objects, wood, metal, and paint

2 units: 49 x 16.75 x 11.75 inches and 62.25 x 22.75 x 4.75 inches

G.Dickie0163

Georgia Dickie

Grease she who see you

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Grease she who see you, 2020

Mixed media collage, cardboard, and found objects

G.Dickie0158

60.6" X 25.6" X 5.9"
153.92cm X 65.02cm X 14.99cm

Georgia Dickie

Come on, throw a dog at me! (minor cuts)

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Come on, throw a dog at me! (minor cuts), 2020

Found objects

G.Dickie0160

32" X 79" X 26.5"
81.28cm X 200.66cm X 67.31cm

Georgia Dickie

Time It! That’s Fastic! (Quadriptych)

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Time It! That's Fastic! (Quadriptych), 2021

Found objects and mixed media collage on wood

G.Dickie0197

156.25" X 24.5" X 3.75"
396.87cm X 62.23cm X 9.52cm