In an era when visual images are styled to perfection using technology, Lucy McLauchlan crafts using permanent materials like Indian ink and marker pen. “If I make a mistake I cant remove it; often though, the accidental details become my favourite,” she says of this ambitious, but inevitably rewarding, process.
Lucy combines art deco, psychedelic and childlike motifs to make pieces that are delicate and tender yet engaging and provocative. With Rain People, a hanging structure made from multiple painted wooden elements, she recently branched into sculpture, effortlessly occupying the topical territory between installation and interior design.
Somewhat surprisingly Lucy hails from Birmingham – a city whose vibrant counter-culture is usually more associated with a less subtle blend of fantasy and incitement.
Lucy has exhibited all over the world, from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to the Eclectic Gallery in London and Tokyo.
Fanatics, loose cannons, crazed beings, lunatics … yes “The Outsiders” show is now open and running. They came; they saw; they drank; they danced like there was no tomorrow. The art on the other hand was amazing, an all you can eat feast for the eyes, and with most of the artists there, the chance to corner your favorite hero with drunken chat about how long you’ve been in love with them was all too much for some…hence the obscene levels of alcohol consumption, and shape shifting / dancing.
Thanks to all that came, Tiger for the beer and Oval for the Vodka and Mr jazz dance … if there’s a better reason for staying fully clothed in an art gallery I haven’t seen one.