Online exhibition: A Part of Me
8th – 15th April 2020
A Part of Me, Carl Callam (1998)
Looking for the Moon, Moira Sweeney (1986)
Getting Stronger Every Day, Miranda July (2001)
Trick or Drink, Vanalyne Green (1984)
Early Years, Morgan Quaintance (2019)
A selection of work from the LUX collection on the themes of connection and distortion; wanting to be seen and remain invisible; absorption and objective distancing; unpicking the past from the present. Curated by Alice Lea and contributed to by Charlotte Procter.
I’d like to mention briefly a work not included in the programme but, which has been an inspiration in gathering these works together. When I first saw, ‘My Parents Read Dreams I’ve Had About Them‘, by Neil Goldberg, it spoke to me about artists’ attempts to engage their loved ones in what they do. It resonated with me, as it might with many others, about the disappointment, and sometimes pain, from both sides at not really getting, or not being got – understood – by the other. Seeing it again it makes me think of acceptance – the wish for and the granting of – as well as how hard it can be to say what matters most to our significant others. (AL)
Image credit: Looking for the Moon, Moira Sweeney (1986)
A Part of Me
‘In this work, a young British black man observes how his white foster family and his biological Jamaican mother squirm when questioned about the cultural and racial complexities of his life. Interviewing his foster mother and aunt in person, and his biological mother on the phone, the artist upsets the delicate propriety of these relationships, in both cases unveiling unspoken intentions and decisions that have shaped his life.’ Maria Troy. Wexner Centre for the Arts
Looking for the Moon
Tentative gestures of hands and body become symbolic of opposing emotions involved in closeness to one person, trust – the need to escape. Actions merge into one continual unresolved movement. – M.S.
Getting Stronger Every Day
Trick or Drink
Trick or Drink is an experimental essay about how alcoholism in the family perpetuates addictive behavior. Green takes aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, such as “Hi, my name is…” to create the basis of a disjointed narrative about a young woman growing up. The work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, among other art galleries, universities and museums, and has been used regularly by hospitals and alcohol treatment centers throughout the United States.
Early Years is a portrait of Jamaican-born artistic polymath Barbara Samuels. It features an account of her first generation, diasporic experience in London, and her discovery of the liberatory possibilities for self-actualisation offered by an early entry into creative life.