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Bathers, Lightweights, Weekend

By: Publication details: Wellington : The Dowse Art Museum, 2021Description: 2 Volume : illustrations ; 24 cm + a unique artwork on boardISBN:
  • 9780473602567
Subject(s): Genre/Form: Online resources: Summary: Preview of an artist book and catalogue drawing together research, documentation and commentary associated with the 'Bathers' body of work between 2018 and 2021. Each publication includes an edition of Brass 'Lightweights'. Text contributions by Melanie Oliver, Allan Smith, Sarah Ross, Victoria Wynne-Jones and Stephen Cleland. ----- "Sonya Lacey’s installation Weekend, 2018, is a sophisticated treatment of historical source material intricately worked into a project that highlights contemporary issues around information dissemination and access to knowledge. Lacey often focuses on forms of communication and histories related to printing. This project was a form of memorial to the print workers who once bathed in the now empty and disused swimming pool in the St Bride Foundation just off London’s Fleet Street. The St Bride Foundation was a late Victorian philanthropic venture for cultivating good worker citizens and narrowing the gap between work and leisure. For Weekend, Lacey washed and bleached sheets of weekend newspapers that included imagery of water until the content dissolved, turning newsworthy images into indeterminate forms that were made into pale-coloured collages and reconfigured finally as filmic abstractions. Weekend is a beautifully realised project incorporating 16mm film, a four-channel digital film, delicate sculptural items and printed matter. This process of translation and mediation follows Lacey’s ongoing interest in the fluidity and materiality of language, and the instability of information systems." --Jury Statement for Weekend Installation
List(s) this item appears in: 2022 New: Fine Arts
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Special Collection Special Collection Whitecliffe Library Staff office Special Collection NZ&P Fine Arts Box 3 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Special Collection-Library Use Only 0014174

Print run 150, each publication is unique.

Preview of an artist book and catalogue drawing together research, documentation and commentary associated with the 'Bathers' body of work between 2018 and 2021. Each publication includes an edition of Brass 'Lightweights'. Text contributions by Melanie Oliver, Allan Smith, Sarah Ross, Victoria Wynne-Jones and Stephen Cleland. -----
"Sonya Lacey’s installation Weekend, 2018, is a sophisticated treatment of historical source material intricately worked into a project that highlights contemporary issues around information dissemination and access to knowledge. Lacey often focuses on forms of communication and histories related to printing. This project was a form of memorial to the print workers who once bathed in the now empty and disused swimming pool in the St Bride Foundation just off London’s Fleet Street. The St Bride Foundation was a late Victorian philanthropic venture for cultivating good worker citizens and narrowing the gap between work and leisure. For Weekend, Lacey washed and bleached sheets of weekend newspapers that included imagery of water until the content dissolved, turning newsworthy images into indeterminate forms that were made into pale-coloured collages and reconfigured finally as filmic abstractions. Weekend is a beautifully realised project incorporating 16mm film, a four-channel digital film, delicate sculptural items and printed matter. This process of translation and mediation follows Lacey’s ongoing interest in the fluidity and materiality of language, and the instability of information systems." --Jury Statement for Weekend Installation

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