Galleri 54 is pleased to present Radii, a solo exhibition of new and recent works by Jessica MacMillan. Through a multidisciplinary approach to sculpture and installation, MacMillan’s work uses geophysical orientation, optical instruments, and ordinary found objects to investigate concepts in astronomy. For her exhibition at Galleri 54, MacMillan is presenting works that take on planetary scales—both hypothetically and in reality—to draw lines between the every-day and astronomical.
Her new video, Porcelain Cups (ø26,329km), is a CGI animation of a sculpture larger than the Earth. Any material, with enough mass, will eventually form a sphere under its own gravitational pull. Using methods and formulae pulled from planetary science, MacMillan has applied this concept to a coffee cup, creating a to-scale simulation of a new planet.
Also on view is Antiplanet, an installation of household objects that have been recalibrated as kinetic sculptures. Using the same equipment and procedures that are used for guiding telescopes, the nineteen kinetic sculptures are aligned with the axis of the planet, and rotate at the same speed—but in the opposite direction. Counteracting the rotation of the planet, they become physically oriented to whichever deep-sky object they happen to face, freed from the rotation of the Earth.
Jessica MacMillan (b. 1987, New Hampshire, USA) is based in Oslo, Norway. She holds an MFA from the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo (2016) and a BFA in sculpture and art history from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (2010). In 2017 she presented a solo exhibition at Studio 17, Stavanger and was an artist-in-residence at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. Her work has been previously exhibited in the group shows Here and Not at Atelier Nord ANX, Oslo; Forårsudstillingen at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Ora or Labora at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.