Lucy McLauchlan’s latest solo show “Together…” is currently gracing the walls of the Rathbone Place gallery of Lazarides, and last week AM went along to the opening night to see the new body of work. McLauchlan has put together some intriguing installations around her work in the past and this element was probably the part of the show we were looking forward to seeing the most. Lucy brought a collection of junk items to the gallery comprising of paint cans, cassette tapes, discarded bottles and cutlery plus a kitchen sink amongst the other paraphernalia, to make up the assemblage housed in the rear corner of the gallery – her signature monochromatic colour palette leading the charge in terms of the flowing aesthetic of the installation.
The paintings themselves saw a slight departure from earlier work in both terms of composition and colour – with the watercolour elements bringing in both a slight lift from the starkness of the monochrome work we are more used to seeing, and some looser fluidity in the broad, sweeping strokes within the mark-making, somewhat reminiscent of elements of Jose Parla’s bold watercolour pieces.
Silhouetted figures also made an appearance in the new work, perhaps an influence of Sam3 who showed alongside Lucy when she worked on her great outdoor pieces last year at the FAME festival. Two of our favourite pieces were small assemblages comprising a set of decorated brushes and spoons and also a set of framed wooden rulers emblazoned with the words “Another naked tree, another year that passes me.”
Read on for some further flicks from the opening after the jump.