Jac Leirner: Add It Up

Jac Leirner, 120 Cords, 2014. Courtesy of the artist, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, and White Cube.

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Brazilian born artist Jac Leirner (born 1961) presents her first solo exhibition in Scotland, combining work from major collections with new work made especially for Edinburgh audiences. Leirner’s work uses everyday materials over and over again, combining them into astonishingly beautiful sculptures that reveal the material poetry of the mundane.

Leirner juggles obsession and addiction, ordering and reordering objects from rulers and spirit levels to cigarette papers and sudoku. Highlights of this exhibition include Little Light, a work made from a lightbulb and several miles of copper wire; Skin (Randy King Size Wired), an ethereal grid made from hundreds of cigarette papers, and The End, an installation that strings on wires all the ends of all the joints the artist has ever smoked, 120 Cords, a work made from as many one metre lengths of different colour and type of rope that she could find at the time and place of making the work. These works are joined by a selection of luminously beautiful watercolours,  small works in which the artist layers a limited selection of colours over and over each other with the same additive aesthetic which informs her three-dimensional work.


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