Lucy McLauchlan

Holding onto Fragments of Past Memories
22.03.2013 – 07.04.2013, Triumph Gallery

Lucy McLauchlan, a young artist from Birmingham (Great Britain), has a highly recognizable artistic style – her monochrome paintings can be found in many European countries on the facades of buildings. Lucy founded the Beat 13 arts-musical group and was an active participant in numerous underground scenes. Her works have been shown at exhibitions and events in Great Britain, USA, Germany, Portugal, Italym Spain, Belgium, Gambia and Japan, and can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Museum) and Soho House (Los Angeles and London).

McLauchlan mixes psychodelia and primitivism to create monumental and provocative works, from paintings to graphics and from sculptures to street art. Trays, plates, containers, cars, driftwood, doorways and various utensils are found in rubbish by the artist and turned into works of art. McLauchlan uses multi-story buildings as experimental testing grounds: she has painted electricity and water towers in Italy, abandoned tunnels in the New York subway and a wall of the historic Arts Club in London’s fashionable Mayfair district.

At her first exhibition in Russia, McLauchlan will present a series of masks made from found objects, as well as painted works that reference primitive art. A street atmosphere will be created by large-scale paintings on the wall of the gallery, with elements from installations formed from rubbish artefacts collected by Lucy in Moscow. Two video films will show the artist’s working process on various surfaces.

Lucy McLauchlan’s works are an endless ornamental pattern that appears on every item that the artist touches. Arseny Shteiner, the art historian and critic, notes that: “In a miraculous manner, Lucy McLauchlan is reviving the creative method of the era that preceded the development of writing, when the means for the transfer of knowledge were myth, history was undistinguished from cosmogony, and drawing was an authentic language, though not a means to link man with man – instead, it served to join people with a full-blooded universe, not yet castrated by civilization.”