Lucy McLauchlan – Where Were You Before Now


Lucy McLauchlan’s latest show, Where Were You Before Now, opens this Thursday 27th August, 7-10pm, at FluorescentSmogg gallery in Barcelona – Project Space, Carrer de Radas 41, T2, Poble Sec 08004, Barcelona


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 complex relationship between apparent fragile states and the strength they embody beneath the surface, focusing on how memory can enhance a faded image. However, as with many aspects in life, appearance isn’t always as it seems and nothing lasts forever,
not even a memory.


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 entire walls painted using a combination of delicate materials that wouldn’t necessarily last the test of time outdoors, such as charcoal, chalk, ink wash and wax.


In addition to the new installation Fluorescent Smogg is thrilled to release a series of exclusive limited editions created alongside the artist. The new body of editions was inspired largely by an ancient Japanese architectural process of burning wood to preserve it.


The simple act of burning would appear to weaken the wood but in fact it does the opposite, providing strength and protection. Each finely crafted editioned work has been carved from a solid piece of Honduran Cedarwood, housing an etched copper inlay. Each edition is hand finished by the artist in a run of 20, priced at £475.


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