Brazilian born artist Jac Lernier has been making the wonderful out of the mundane, throughout her decade spanning career. In her latest exhibition with the Fruit Market Gallery and this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, Jac Lernier presents work from her major collections, and some new work specially created for the Edinburgh Art Festival.
In addition to all of her exciting new exhibitions, Jac Lernier is also working with The Fruitmarket On a new book. Curated and written by Philip Larratt-Smith and Fruitmaker Director Fiona Bradley, the book features an illuminating conversation between Jac Lernier and her dear friend David Batchelor.
Working with themes like obsession, addiction, and the strangely calming beauty of patterned repetition - Jac Leirner takes a limited range of ordinary materials from rulers, cigarette papers, sudoku puzzles, lightbulbs and wires and transforms them into surreal works of art through the persistent ordering and reordering. Her work Little Light - is made from a lightbulb and miles of copper wire, Corpus Delicti (1992) combines discarded airplane boarding passes with stolen airline ashtrays on the countless flights she has taken throughout her life. 120 Cords (2014) combines effervescent watercolours with different ropes and cords that Lernier had collected from 1980 to 2016. Each item used in her art represents a moment in the artist’s life, that however mundane, adds to a beautiful bigger picture. There is an eery knowing to her work, an amalgamation of geometric shapes and patterns, with each part contributing intimate parts of Jac Lernier’s life into the greater mathematical whole of her art.
Words Hannah Tan