We are delighted to announce
the first exhibition in London of the Düsseldorf based artist Lucy
Commenced in 1997, Guide To Life is a constantly
expanding reference work in which the information necessary for a
successful life is collected and catalogued. It is both a work in
its own right as well as the containing structure for every other
work. Guide To Life is organized under five
chapter headings. I Basic Philosophy ; II
Necessary Knowledge ; III Productive Living ; IV
Autobiography ; V Beauty . The works in
the current exhibition come principally from chapters IV and V .
My Studio (2003) Guide To Life IV(C).3: Autobiography (Inventing
Reality) consists of six exquisite drawings in which
the artist's studio, a construction so real in her mind and yet
perhaps a little way from the physical reality in which Harvey works,
is constructed in perspectival perfection. Sections of the drawings
are circled and focused upon just as the mind hones in on the detailed
pleasures of a discovered idea.
64 Variations on El Lissitzky's Proun G7 (2002) Guide To
Life V(A).4: Beauty (Analysis) takes as its starting
point a postcard of a painting by El Lissitzky in the Kunstsammlung
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Harvey remakes
the image 63 times, painstakingly reconstructing and collaging
the elements of the original in a search for an understanding of
the ideals and ambitions that made it and that can be reborn in
Die Walküre (first act) (2003) Guide To Life V(B).4:
Beauty (A Collection). One of a series of works in which
the artist gives deadpan performances of musical works of great
intensity. Harvey sings her way through
the whole of Act I of Wagner's opera, alone in her kitchen, unaccompanied.
A tour de force but completely vulnerable - almost comic in the
sincerity of its endeavour. Once again, this painstaking exploration
is an attempt to make sense, of the beauty of the work, of its
meaning to us, of a life lived through experience.
Lucy Harvey was born in 1967 in Nantwich, England and lives and
works in Düsseldorf. She studied at the Auckland School of Art,
New Zealand and the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf (1996-2000). In
1996 she was awarded a DAAD fellowship and she has since exhibited
in Germany, New Zealand, USA, Scotland and France.