Art Forum Berlin


Hall 20/Booth 164b

Utopian Slumps is pleased to announce If I am not, put me there; and if I am, so keep me, an exhibition of new work from Starlie Geikie at Artforum Berlin from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 October 2010.
Geikie’s practice involves the making of sculptures and drawings influenced by textiles sourced from a variety of different geographic locations and historical eras. By transposing the soft and tactile textile surfaces into materially opposing media (such as lead pencil on paper drawings, or wooden sculptures), Geikie aims to layer historical and cultural references upon the original textile and to explore notions of restraint, order, control and release. Craft and textiles aside, Geikie’s work also makes references to utopian architecture, pagan iconography and personal imagery in order to generate both visual and historic dialogues; to archive the past and ruminate on the future. By creating a visual tension in the works between the opposing constructs of control and beauty, Geikie aims to question the implied passivity and traditional ‘feminine’ associations of craft and the ‘decorative arts’. Similarly, by making work that evidences the meticulous and repetitious detailing of decorative patterns, Geikie is commenting on the values of time and handmade processes.

For Artforum Berlin Geikie will exhibit a suite of new framed drawing and collage works accompanied by a new floor-based timber sculpture and reconfigured hanging installation. The body of work will continue Geikie’s exploration and reinterpretation of craft techniques including quilt-making and Middle Eastern and Asian fabrics. Starlie has also produced a limited edition Carbon Pigment Print entitled Nag’s Head, which will be available for sale at the fair.

Geikie completed a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT, Melbourne in 2002 and has exhibited in artist-run and commercial spaces nationally and internationally. Selected solo exhibitions include The Great Alone, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland, 2008; Low and Lone, Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces, Canberra, 2008; and O Mother, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2002. Group exhibitions include Victory Over the Sun, curated by Melissa Loughnan and Helen Hughes, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2009; Girls Girls Girls, curated by Nat Thomas and Lyndal Walker, Carlton Club, Melbourne, 2008; Starlie Geikie and Lauren Berkowitz, curated by Rebecca Coates, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2008; The Horror of Tradition, curated by John Souza, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, 2008; and This is the thing I thought would never come, curated by Tony Garifalakis, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, 2006. Geikie has received grants from both Australia Council and Arts Victoria, including a three month Australia Council Studio Residency in Los Angeles in 2006. She was a founding member of ClubsProjects artist run space from 2002-05. Geikie currently lives and works in London. She will hold a solo exhibition at Utopian Slumps, Melbourne in early 2011.