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Organised in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, the exhibition will subsequently tour to The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art, Dublin (14 July-24 September 2023) and Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (26 October 2023 – January 2024).

‘The Rise and The Fall,’ by Liz Magor presents a focused selection of works from the last five years that explore our relationship with the material world. Working with ubiquitous, manufactured objects that often go unnoticed, she transforms them using inventive sculptural techniques that locate them on a spectrum between still life and the uncanny.  Things such as blankets, containers, clothing and toys are found in relationships that generate a sense of care and meaning beyond their original use or function.

The exhibition offers a focused selection of work that consider Magor’s understanding of the presence of ‘agency’ within inanimate, material objects and her enquiry as to the source of their intrigue and emotional resonance. The way in which Magor’s work draws attention to discarded and apparently mundane objects, seems particularly relevant to current discussions about the economy of things and the role of material in our social, political and psychological lives.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Henry Moore Foundation and High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom. With thanks to Marcelle Alix, Paris, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and JW Anderson LTD, London.