The Bruce Lacey Experience
A survey exhibition of work by Bruce Lacey, a seminal and thoroughly British artist, curated by Jeremy Deller and David Alan Mellor.
Born in 1927, Bruce Lacey’s lifetime pursuit of eccentric ‘making and doing’ has enlivened visual culture in Britain over the past sixty years. While studying at the Royal College of Art, he began his performance and film making career with outrageous stunts drawn from circus and variety theatre. His mechanical ingenuity led him to create TV props for Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine among others and his robotic assemblages were exhibited at the ICA and Whitechapel Art Gallery. Lacey often involved his family in his film escapades and performances, revelling in a magical atmosphere. In the 1970s and ‘80s he devised anarchic community projects and his performances explored pagan rituals. The exhibition will include costumes and paintings from this period, as well as footage of rituals at sacred sites in Penwith.
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