Facade
10 November - 8 December 2023

Jess MacNeil’s works in Facade are ‘thought pieces’; works that are by-products of research and outcomes generated along the way to making other objects and installations.  They are not ephemera, not out-takes but an intermingling of accident and intention…

The Artereal on-line exhibition is a mix of wall sculptures and “painted-onto” digital photographic prints. These works devolve from Facade, the eponymous full-scale shop-front intervention that is an opportunistic congealed silicone “ooze” of multiple colours – bright pink, orange and purple, leaching from ceiling height, tracking along grout lines and flowing down a section of the window glass towards the William Street pavement in Darlinghurst. The facade installation at the Square One studios @ ORA shopfront was seen at 51 William Street Darlinghurst 14 September – 14 October 2023. The architectural intervention lives on in its associated artworks.

“Ooze” is both a consistent motif within Jess MacNeil’s art and a quality common to many of her viscous materials of choice: among them resins, plastics and oil paint. The artist has unconventionally used another “ooze” product, playdough, more usually associated with creative play to take an impression of the shopfront crevices and surfaces for later casting in silicone.

In both subject and execution, MacNeil’s practice is characterised by a crossover of control and happenstance and elements of reveal and conceal. Her compositions are distinctive for their perverse orientations, unconventional picture plane perspectives and significance accorded the in-between spaces. This can be seen in her resin sculptures, past productions of videos made from painting directly onto celluloid film and paintings characterised by her distinctive gestural mark-making and a penchant for paint to be daubed, let flow and drip.

Barbara Dowse
Curator

Jess MacNeil, Alleyway Ooze, 2023, Acrylic on print, 28 x 20.5cm.

All prices are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST. Freight costs not included. Prices are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change without notice.

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Jess MacNeil

Salisbury Road

2023
Resin, pigment (ink and ground), epoxy clay
30 x 25 x 2.5cm
$2,500
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Jess MacNeil

51 William Street

2023
Resin, pigment (ink and ground), epoxy clay
95 x 90 x 5cm
$8,500
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Jess MacNeil

Unbodied Lattice, 51 William Street

2023
Silicone rubber
Dimensions variable for different configurations (fully extends to approximately 200 x 135cm)
$3,500
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Jess MacNeil

Alleyway Ooze

2023
Acrylic on print
28 x 20.5cm
$1,800 unframed
$2,000 framed (white box frame)
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Jess MacNeil

Medium Density Ooze

2023
Acrylic on print
28 x 20.5cm
$1,800 unframed
$2,000 framed (white box frame)
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Jess MacNeil

Facade

2023
Photographic print
30 x 42cm
$1,800 unframed
$2,000 framed (rear mounted to aluminium)
Edition of 5+AP
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Jess MacNeil

Facade Prologue One

2023
Acrylic on print
20.5 x 29cm
$1,800 unframed
$2,000 framed (white box frame)
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Jess MacNeil

Facade Prologue Two

2023
Acrylic on print
20.5 x 29cm
$1,800 unframed
$2,000 framed (white box frame)
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Jess MacNeil

Canal Wall Ooze One

2023
Acrylic on print
20.5 x 28cm
$1,800 unframed
$2,000 framed (white box frame)
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Jess MacNeil

Canal Wall Ooze Two

2023
Acrylic on print
20.5 x 28cm
$1,800 unframed
$2,000 framed (white box frame)
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