Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, 8 September–13 October, 2018
1/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
2/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, 2018, oil on canvas, 56 × 41 cm
3/40. Maggie Brink, Nothing but time. Driven not by the mind but the spinal cord, 2018, oil on canvas, 41 × 56 cm
4/40. Maggie Brink, Kitsch Cat, 2018, oil on canvas, 56 × 41 cm
5/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
6/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
7/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
8/40. Maggie Brink, Ghost Pony Slippery Horse, 2018, oil on canvas, 58 × 78 cm
9/40. Maggie Brink, Snake in the grass, Shakin’ my arse 2018, oil on canvas, 56 × 41 cm
10/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
11/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
12/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
13/40. Maggie Brink, A.IEEEE! MATRIX IS A DOCO!, 2018, pair of curtains, block printed hand dyed cotton drill, jute tassel, dowel, copper plated fixture and chain, carabiner, 188 × 110 cm (each)
14/40. Maggie Brink, A.IEEEE! MATRIX IS A DOCO!, 2018, pair of curtains, block printed hand dyed cotton drill, jute tassel, dowel, copper plated fixture and chain, carabiner, 188 × 110 cm (each)
15/40. Maggie Brink, A.IEEEE! MATRIX IS A DOCO!, 2018, Detail view
16/40. Maggie Brink, A.IEEEE! MATRIX IS A DOCO!, 2018, Detail view
17/40. Maggie Brink, A.IEEEE! MATRIX IS A DOCO!, 2018, Detail view
18/40. Maggie Brink, A.IEEEE! MATRIX IS A DOCO!, 2018, Detail view
19/40. Maggie Brink, A.IEEEE! MATRIX IS A DOCO!, 2018, Detail view
20/40. Maggie Brink, Spring Pancake, oil on canvas, 30.6 × 41 cm
21/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
22/40. Maggie Brink, I Wagyu [Whoaa- ah -ohh (music)], 2018, oil on canvas, 78 × 58 cm
23/40. Maggie Brink, Mystery sheets/ holiday streets. Something on your mind, isn’t it, 2018, oil on canvas, 30.5 × 40.5 cm
24/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
25/40. Maggie Brink, Heart chakra / Hard Shaka, 2018, oil on canvas, 41 × 30.5 cm
26/40. Maggie Brink, Alien in the Shower , 2018, oil on canvas, 78 × 58 cm
27/40. Maggie Brink, FUCK SCHOOL, 2018, oil on canvas, 23 × 30.5 cm
28/40. Maggie Brink, (Toe - jamb - sandal - slap/ power prose) / Power Pose, 2018, oil on canvas, 41 × 30.5 cm
29/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
30/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
31/40. Maggie Brink, Romance (Is that an ice-cream scoop or are you just pleased to see me?), 2018, oil on canvas, 58 × 78 cm
32/40. Maggie Brink, Tenaciously holding the wood-chips together (Planetary landscape), 2018, oil on canvas, 78 × 58 cm
33/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
34/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view
35/40. Maggie Brink, Alien head patch, Artist Edition, hand embroidered and beaded block printed calico patches, detail
36/40. Maggie Brink, Alien head patch, Artist Edition, hand embroidered and beaded block printed calico patches, detail
37/40. Maggie Brink, Alien head patch, Artist Edition, hand embroidered and beaded block printed calico patches, detail
38/40. Maggie Brink, They Exist patch, Artist Edition, hand embroidered and beaded block printed calico patches, detail
39/40. Maggie Brink, Alien head patch, Artist Edition, hand embroidered and beaded block printed calico patches, detail
40/40. Maggie Brink, Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, Installation view

Alien
____ 

Here we are
in the field of nouns
they like to call
representation

Onions
Bodies
Mushrooms
it’s

tempting
to take
the hieroglyph
at its word
but
the Symbolist
puts it all
inside one thing
you can’t read
good

Maggie refers
to all her
paintings
as aliens
not just the ones
that look like
UFOs

I think
she means it

like a kind of
clunky verb
the image
as encounter

I remember
Július Koller
launched an
ashtray
like a discus
called it
satellite
never made it
into orbit but
someone found it
by the fungi

Alien
____ 

Renata Adler’s
Great Professor
looked down
on the world
and all she saw
was synonyms

I can
relate

I
mean

I
like

to lay
one simple thing
beside another
and to have
the two
commune

Jack Spicer
went to California
took his poems
as dictation
from Martians
wrote a letter to
the ghost of Lorca
“Things don’t connect;
they correspond”

you see
you need that
second alien
it’s the perfect
emblem
for painting
that
big-eyed narcissus
to echo Heaney
just like
the painting
echoes a moment
Maggie had

Crocodile
____ 

The French
love a bouche
it’s funny
Brisset
starts talking pretty
soon his mouth
is full
of teeth
like
when the child
signs ‘crocodile’
those two
little arms
go out
horizontally
in front of
the body
hinging at
the elbow
and

snap 

I’m
reclining
now
feet
up
watching
clouds
drifting
no
watching
Drifting
Clouds
with Maggie
its all about
food and
symbolic debt
and
no one’s
eating till the
bills are paid
but they always
make sure
the dog
gets fed
I guess it
keeps him quiet
and
there’s something
to be said
for silence
is a word
shaped
whole

Shadow
____ 

When the
subtitles
went missing
it made no
sense
one woman
started waving
to the guy
behind the projector
mouthing FAILURE
on the screen
we saw her shadow
writing little words
in the air
with its finger

I thought of
Maggie’s
cuneiform graffiti
scrawled in
wet paint
that sets
like concrete

Benjamin
would call that
gesture
I mean, it’s
gesture whether
Walt says so
or not
(Fuck School!) 
but sometimes
it helps
to give
the thing
its name

Mitchel Cumming

Biography

Maggie Brink works predominantly with oil painting, using fragmented and banal images to build ambiguous, layered and ghost like representations of inanimate objects, landscapes and figures. Her expanded practice includes sculptural work, utilising a wide range of found materials including studio detritus.

 

Processes of collecting, archiving and editing images that she uses as the sources for her work, are integral to her practice. These images, selected on a largely intuitive basis, reference and engage with tv shows, slogans, generic branding, science, popular culture, history and mythology, as well as a growing archive of her own photographs. Brink uses painting and sculpture to transform these images, creating a subtle and awkward exchange – trading in subjective associative responses to produce open ended and multiple meanings through her work.

 

Maggie Brink (b. 1983, Brisbane, Australia) currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, (2014) and is currently working towards completion of her MFA at Sydney College of the Arts in 2018. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand, and recent solo exhibitions include: Pale Blue Dot Dot Dot, Firstdraft, Sydney; County Athletics, Knulp, Sydney.

Exhibition Pamphlet

BRINK, MAGGIE. Alien Alien Crocodile Shadow, ReadingRoom, Melbourne, 8 September–13 October 2018