Lucy McKenzie
Giving Up the Shadows on My Face
2019 - 2020

 

Installation, comprising


Giving Up The Shadows On My Face
2019 
Oil on canvas, wood, plasterboard
490 x 720 cm


Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Left Desk)
2020 
Oil on board
200 x 60 x 2.5 cm


Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Centre Desk)
2020 
Oil on board
200 x 60 x 2.5 cm


Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Right Desk)
2020 
Oil on board
200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

 

Lucy McKenzie staged her large hidden mural Giving Up The Shadows On My Face as if it had just been found beneath a false wall. It is a replica of the mural on display in the central reading room of the Russian State Library in Moscow. But McKenzie has reinterpreted it, loosening up its repressive sexuality and illustrating the private lives of individuals outside of Soviet ideals. Each time the painting is installed, a different aspect of the work is revealed, but never in its totality. The burial of the work and its recovery situates it in an endless deferral of complete or coherent readings of the image, countering the spectatorship and the spectacle associated with the monumental.

References to buried histories, the seduction of the fragment, archaeology, and the opacity of the subject are deployed. The work is accompanied by a series of trompe l’oeil paintings installed in display vitrines which function as further contextual information, reproducing source material for the work. However, rather than being an overt explanation of the content, the material is more personalized, playing further with the public-private themes of the installation as a whole.

Lucy McKenzie (born 1977 in Glasgow) combines traditional oil painting with a variety of other disciplines in her work, including collaborations in fashion and furniture design, curation, writing, and publishing. She has been represented by Cabinet since 1999. McKenzie lives and works in Brussels.

All enquires please email art@cabinet.uk.com
 

 

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Installation View, Cabinet, London, 2019

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Installation View, Cabinet, London, 2019

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Installation View, Cabinet, London, 2019

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Installation View, Cabinet, London, 2019

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Installation View, Cabinet, London, 2019

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Left Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Left Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Centre Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Centre Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Centre Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Centre Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Right Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Right Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Right Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Detail of Quodlibet LXXIII (Russian State Library Right Desk), 2020 Oil on board 200 x 60 x 2.5 cm

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Image taken during installation, Cabinet, London 2019

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Image taken during installation, Cabinet, London 2019

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Image taken during installation, Cabinet, London 2019


For documentation of Lucy McKenzie’s recent solo exhibition at Museum Brandhorst please click here.