Solo Exhibition at The Lock Up, Newcastle. 2017
In his solo exhibition SLIDINGS, artist Jamie North uses the dark history of The Lock-Up as a back drop for the narrative of a tragic accident involving North’s great grandfather at Lysaght's steel works in 1932. This family history is fused with Newcastle’s industrial heritage, reflected in the materiality of the artwork produced for this exhibition: raw steel and the waste products of it’s manufacture - slag and scale.
There is a pervasive sense of a world at tipping point, or perhaps past the point of return in North's work. His installations are an exploration of the tension that exists between humans and nature and the inescapable cycles of corrosion, decomposition and renewal.
Jessi England Sideris - Director, The Lock Up