Lucy Conochie: Love and War

2 Sep 2009 – 21 Sep 2009

Outpost Gallery

Norwich, United Kingdom


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OUTPOST is extremely pleased to present Love and War, artist member Lucy Conochie's first solo show.

Conochie's practice intends to create a visual reference to an unspoken or unrecorded event, thought or idea. This process of documentation and reinvention comes out of a personal observation or mode of thought, which then becomes de-coded literally into a visual language.

The work is collated information as a sparse archive through which visual objects are assembled. Conochie's methods of informing the work include a list of abstract phrases and words, which seem randomly sourced; the artist refers to this document as List and Anti-List. Each caption in the list feels out of context, the phrase 'Turning the foot to face towards us', perhaps referring to a musical movement, is listed directly below the word 'Elegy', a word which by dictionary definition means, ' A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead'. Although on the face of it, these captions seem disparate, it would appear that there is a potential word association involved in the construction of the list, which seemingly translates to the painted or drawn piece in a similar manner.

A flavour of emotion or nostalgia exists in much of Conochie's work, which is often re-appropriated adding an idea of borrowed notions, and reconstitution of form ' the relationship between the made object and the idea that precedes it and which potentially can follow in its place. The three framed paper works in the gallery represent this fairly overtly and reflect upon the different states of fact and fiction. One written work (a transcript detailing a narrative told to Conochie by a relative), has as an artwork being affected factually and reinterpreted into a new form, which has in turn informed the title of the show. The term 'Love and War' which is lifted from the work (and from the conversation) is not referring to any real war context directly, but based on the idea that the two words represent controlling forces, which form the definition of young men.

Lucy Conochie completed her MA at the Slade School in 2007, and recently participated in the Escalator programme at Wysing Arts Centre, and was selected by Andrew Hunt for Kunstwerk Bazaar, OUTPOST members show 2008. Love and War is Conochie's first solo show.


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