Lacunar amnesia, in psychology, amnesia about a specific event
Lacuna (manuscripts), a missing section of text
Lacuna (linguistics), a lexical gap in a language
The idea behind this new collection of work by nick Roberts is to attempt an understanding of psychical shifts, through objects. The familiarity of material and domestic setting gives way to a break down of understanding or conversion of meaning.
Through out Nick's work runs this flux between, feeling comfortable, knowing and recognition, to uncertainty, confusion and break down. His interest in psychoanalytical ideas are confronted through course and domestic materials.
He endeavours to indicate something of an internal landscape by using external objects. Through working with carbon paper he suggests something about the way we leave a mark or imitate what has come before. It is at this moment that we hold our breath, to impress or to be impressed. What is outside must leave a mark inside, and so-forth.
With the work 'Hysteric conversion'20011, we see how something can be trust up into an object full of tension and confusion, with no trace of how or why this happened. In Psychoanalytic terms conversion disorder is a condition in which patients present with neurological symptoms such as numbness, blindness, paralysis, or fits without a physiological cause. In the piece entitled 'measurements of personality displacement' the work is presented on a coffee table like a conversation or meal. The object sitting on it, like a distorted psychical fruit bowl. This work publicises or exposes some psychological struggle or conflict through a claustrophobic domestic setting. These work are just an attempt to try to physicalise the psychical. The title 'Lacuna' provides the space in which to place these objects.
LACUNA by Nick Roberts
25th August - 4th September
PV Thursday 25th August 6.30-9.30pm
20 Clerkenwell Green
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