Magic Touch is curated by Matt Packer, Director, CCA Derry~Londonderry. It is the fourth exhibition in the CCA’s 2014 series exploring the contemporary status of the human body, following from Of Other Bodies (featuring Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Kevin Burns, and Falke Pisano), Sarah Browne: Hand to Mouth, and Eamon O’Kane: Where there are people there are things.
Kate Davis lives and works in Glasgow. Previous exhibitions include: For Each Gesture Another Character, Art Stations Foundation, Poznan (2014); Kate Davis. Eight Blocks or a Field, Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2013); Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm, Tate Britain, London (2013); Not Just the Perfect Moment, The Drawing Room, London; Tales of the City, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (both 2012).
Jessie Flood Paddock lives and works in London. Previous exhibitions include: Nude, Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2014); Chutzpah, The Schtip, Sheffield (2013); Art now: Jess Flood-Paddock, Tate Britain, London; Laying down and kissing the love in the mist, part 2, Kendall Koppe, Glasgow; In the belly of the whale (act III), Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz (all 2012); Gangsta's Paradise, Hayward Gallery project space (2010).
Katja Novitskova lives and works in Amsterdam. Previous exhibitions include: Art Basel Statements, with Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Basel; S.A.L.T.S., Basel; Art Post-Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Mottahedan Projects, duo with Florian Auer, Dubai (all 2014); Playing Nature, CCA Sokol, 5th Moscow Biennale (2013).
Pádraig Spillane lives and works in Cork. Previous exhibitions include: Mammouth, Treignac Projet, France; Fortnightly Features Presents, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (both 2014) His works have featured in Periodical Review #3, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2013); Artist as Curator – Spectacle in Photography, Belfast Photo Festival (2013); and OUTBOX, Cork (2012).
Artie Vierkant lives and works in New York. Previous exhibitions include: Usage Pending, Higher Pictures, New York; Original Work, Weekends, Copenhagen; Art Post Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; What is a Photograph?, International Center of Photography, New York (all 2014); US 63185969 B1, US 8118919 B1; (Exloits), New Galerie, Paris; Configure, Exile, Berlin (both 2013).