The Centre Doesn’t Hold

21 September - 12 October 2013

In the opening chapter of Heart of Darkness (1899), Joseph Conrad describes the ‘kernel’ – a type of story that weaves its way around an unrevealed core, obscuring that thing to an even greater degree. The kernel is the unknowable catalyst or cryptic message at the heart of the invisible core that – like a black hole – magnetically attracts and swallows narrative.

Continuing Georgina Cue’s interest in embroidery applied onto sculptural forms, The Centre Doesn’t Hold presents a series of formally abstract sculptures, which engage with the notion of Conrad’s kernel. Drawing reference to modernist sculpture, graffiti and sci-fi matte painting, the work is presented as a densely packed installation, transforming the gallery into a theatrical stage. Measured against the hallowed tradition of embroidery, Cue uses this process to explore the optical effects of light through subtle shifts in tonal gradations across the surface of each tentatively woven object. The result is an elusive installation which teeters between illusory surface and physical presence, where narrative is dismantled into an absurdist display of forms and props.

Cue completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, completing first class honours in 2011. Solo exhibitions include The Necker Cube, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 2010,On Exactitude in Science, Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2011, Indicium, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, 2012 and Substance of Light, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2012. Selected group exhibitions include The City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2012, Future Now, Substation, Melbourne, 2012 and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013. Cue has been the recipient of the Mitch Dowd Traveling Scholarship 2008, Myer Foundation Award 2008, NAVA Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship 2012, the NAVA Sainsbury Sculpture Grant 2012, the Australian Council Artstart Grant 2012 and the Australia Council Jump Mentorship 2013. Her work is currently held at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.