Datum & Uhrzeit: 2020-12-16 17:00
Ort: online, https://www.gotomeet.me/klassewermers


“My talk will explore ways in which abstract ideas attach to the material world, and conversely what can be sensed, perceived and delivered by the qualities of a material thing. I take existing images and objects and bounce them from their usual orbit by changing their nature, context or the way in which they are read. I often work in series, as this allows for a grammar of sameness and difference. My work simulates language but through process, or unfolds like sentences through architectural space. I use sequential steps to lead beyond language, such as making a series of evolving copies which provide a pathway to abstraction though faulty representation.I am interested in tensions between historical eras and the here and now of sculpture, how history had been written, for and by whom; and how ancient objects remain potent and communicative in themselves. I will talk about my recent projects, including works made from my Father's house, a kind of mining or extraction, and also an oversharing. I'll also select various works, some contemporary, some historical to speak about material in degrees of being extracted, transformed, obscured or reburied.”  


The talk is part of Undermining & Oversharing, an exhibition project of the class Wermers & friends at Galerie der Stadt Schwaz in May 2021. Based on the historical shaping of the city of Schwaz by the mining of silver, and the focus of the class on the reflection of materials and the socio-economic conditions under which they are produced, the exhibition aims to create a framework in which the students will investigate politics of extraction and related themes. At the same time, parallels to more recent phenomena of "mining" will be explored, specifically the extraction of data and personal information to generate profit inherent in the 'digital economy'.  


Lucy Skaer (1975) was born in Cambridge, UK, and currently lives and works in Glasgow. She is primarily a sculptor who works across various mediums, including print, film and drawing. Skaer's works often depicts relationships between abstraction and the direct material nature of objects. Many of her works are drawn from historical references which are translated and re-contextualized in new mediums and places.    


Skaer’s recent solo exhibitions include 2020 Bloomberg Mithreum Space, London (UK),2019 SMAK, Ghent, (BE), Tate St Ives, 2018, Carnegie International,(US) 2018, KW, Berlin, (DE) 2017, One Remove at Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL), 2016; Sticks & Stones at Murray Guy, New York (US), 2015; Random House at Peter Freeman, New York (US), 2015; Sticks & Stones at Musées Gallo-Romains, Lyon (FR), 2015. In 2009, Skaer was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, and in 2007, she represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale.  


The talk will be in English and is open to all students.