Installation

Phytology by Lucy

A while back I was commissioned by Michael Smythe to create an installation that would accommodate various wildlife in The Phytology site. This hidden urban garden already houses bats, birds, foxes...a medicinal garden, a visiting herbalists, artists in residence and possibly the only worthwhile billboard in the whole of London that reaches across the estate over to the distant glass towers of the City.

Their gates opened last week for the season and on Resonance FM a beautiful program by Lucia Scazzocchio documenting the site was aired,

Clear Spot 26/05/16:

"The Phytology Hour features interviews with and original sound artworks by Michael Smythe, Gabby Boraston, Lucy Cash, Lucy McLauchlan, Lucía Montero, David Nash, James Nixon, Duncan Robertson, Stick In The Wheel, Sam Wallman & Sarah Westcott. Launched in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve in 2014, Phytology is a Nomad Projects commission, part physic garden; part cultural institute; part urban wilderness; and a platform for collaboration across the arts, humanities and sciences. The programme was produced by Lucia Scazzocchio."

(thank you to Andrew Wong for the photo)

For my installation 'Places to Dwell that May Never Have Been Seen'

I spent some time collecting discarded objects otherwise destined for land fill to create location-responsive installations situated throughout the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve woodland. These sculptural works were considered so they could work as habitats for the local wildlife. Be that upturned bottles, inside the skulls, beneath the totem pole and between the computer components.

 The installation will be open to the public from May 7th till September 3rd, 2016.

'Catastrofe' group show Grottaglie, Italy by Lucy

catastrofe
catastrofe

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'CASTASTROFE' group show now open...

"In these uncertain times, we’re gathering together the best friends from the past few years and some newcomers for a group show that aims to be a truthful portrait of the moment between what it used to be and what it’s going to be, after this imminent catastrophe"

Studio Cromie presents: INTERESNI KAZKI / AKAY & BRAD DOWNEY / MONEYLESS / SAM3 / ZIO ZIEGLER / SICKBOY / VHILS / DEM / SWOON / CYOP & KAF / MOMO / NUG / WORD TO MOTHER / BORIS HOPPEK / 108 / LUCY MCLAUCHLAN

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'Xylella Fastidiosa I, II and III' acrylic on canvas, 109cm diamter. 2015

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I've been visiting Grottaglie for many years now, enjoying the olives harvested from the surrounding area.

This year however I've come to learn of the bacteria Xylella Fastidious that is spreading rapidly throughout Puglia destroying the olive trees,

some of which are hundreds of years old. It is a very sad time.

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Preparing the canvases in the olive grove...

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painting in the field
painting in the field
A century spent entwined together
A century spent entwined together

Galarie Forty/Forty by Lucy

fort bema
fort bema

A group show has just opened in the abandoned military Fort Bema Warsaw.

The painted forts are open throughout the year and worth checking out if you're in town.

A great line up and wonderful hosts - experienced so much good local food.

Keep you eyes on the gallery's blog and Facebook for more photos of all the work...

WIP
WIP

Thank you to Marcin, NeSpoon, Tomek and all the gang at Galarie Forty/Forty.

Fluorescent Smogg by Lucy

‘Memories Forged’  Acrylic, ink, copper leaf on canvas. 101cm (Framed) 2015

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Had a great time painting and exhibiting at the Fluorescent Smogg Project Space in Barcelona.

The installation was based around the very special edition made by Fluorscent Smogg, alongside my copper leafed Linocuts and booklets - thank you Denise for binding them all!

Thanks too for all the great press from JuxtapozWideWallsVNA...

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(Photos by Filipp Shamshin)

 

Fluorescent Smogg is pleased to present a new limited edition and site-specific installation by British artist Lucy McLauchlan. ‘Where Were You Before Now’ looks at the relationship between apparent fragile states and the strength they embody beneath the surface. This duality is apparent throughout her practice when the murals fade or are painted away, the image has gone but the strength of the memory remains. 

Taking her natural environment as inspiration, McLauchlan continues themes first explored in her 2014 London solo exhibtion ‘Marking Shadows’. Tracing the contours and surface of the landscape, the artist allows environmental factors to both inspire and influence the way in which she works. McLauchlan’s practice often entertains long-lasting permanent materials, allowing for a certain immediacy and pace within her distinctive mark making. For this show the installation inside the gallery will see the walls painted using a combination of fragile, delicate materials that wouldn’t necessarily last the test of time outdoors. 

In addition to this installation Fluorescent Smogg is thrilled to release a new series of exclusive limited editions. These were largely inspired by an ancient Japanese architectural process of burning wood to strengthen it. The simple act of burning would appear to weaken the wood but in fact it does the opposite, providing strength and protection. Each of the finely crafted editioned pieces embody this duality of fragility and strength which is considered through the materials and processes employed. 

The limited edition of 20 is comprised of a sculpture, booklet and Linocut. The sculpture has been carved from a solid chunk of sustainably harvested Honduran Cedarwood, housing a piece of screen printed copper inlaid into the charred surface. The booklet captures abstracted and literal references of the process and collected markings that informs the sculpture and therefore the site specific installation. The Linocut also reflects the way these initial hand painted brush marks have been transferred into the carved wood. Each edition is hand finished and printed by the artist. 

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The New Art Gallery Walsall by Lucy

"How do we understand the concept of the local within an increasingly globalised context? What impact does the transformation of our local environment have on our identity and our communities?"

The New Art Gallery Walsall presents a powerful new group exhibition entitled Small Worlds, featuring large-scale paintings by Lucy McLauchlan alongside an international collection of works on the theme of the modern metropolis. Participating artists include AirSpace Gallery (Andrew Branscombe, Anna Francis, Glen Stoker), Graham Chorlton, Rita Donagh, Richard Forster, Cameron Galt, Andreas Gefeller, Naiza Khan, Stuart Layton, Lucy McLauchlan, Laura Oldfield Ford, Mark Power and Rashid Rana.

Lucy McLauchlan's ambitious new work is inspired by frequent visits to Warley Woods, a regenerated urban parkland near her home in Bearwood. Since it opened in 1906, it has witnessed many changes. Tennis courts and a family run ice cream business have now disappeared. A series of stunted beech trees were felled due to the saplings being planted too close together. Earlier studies draw on the deep scars of the saw and the fluorescent orange bruises from the sprayed markings indicating which trees were to be felled.

Having spent time studying the area, Lucy then embarked upon creating paintings in situ within the woods. Pulling a sledge to carry her paints, brushes and equipment, she has directly transferred some of the details and textures of the environment onto canvas to create the background for her subsequent drawings. Her approach is spontaneous, allowing the environment to inform and direct what is an experimental and explorative process. The drawings are then created in the gallery, evolving and emerging intuitively and in response to the accumulated marks and textures. Aside from black and white paint, found materials such as charcoal, earth and brick dust are applied, further connecting the work directly with both the natural and built environment.

Small Worlds is open from Thursday 21st May until Sunday 6th September 2015 at The New Art Gallery Walsall. Admission is free.

Still taken from the film following the progress of the works by Matthew J Watkins and Lucy McLauchlan

commissioned for The New Art Gallery's resource centre.