In this episode of Out of Space’s Care series, we examine how winning a prestigious award affects an artist’s practice. Once you’ve gained recognition, what next? How do artists navigate the pressures and expectations for their work after achieving such fame?
To discuss this, we are launching our new season with a special episode featuring Turner Prize-winner and SPACE studio artist Laure Provoust in conversation with Lina Lapelytė, known for her award-winning collaborative work Sun & Sea (Marina) at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Cathy Lomax talks with Lina and Laure about their respective practices, which often involve collaborative and interactive elements and finds out more about Lina’s latest sound installation Here Hear Hare Hair which is on show at SPACE Ilford until 30 September 2022.
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Cathy Lomax is a London-based artist, the founder of Transition Gallery and the editor of Arty and Garageland magazines. She is currently researching the role of makeup and artifice in the creation of the Hollywood female star image for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London. Cathy’s paintings and installations assimilate the seductive imagery of film, fame and fashion, juxtaposing it with personal narratives and the everyday. Her particular interests are femininity, masquerade and the way that popular culture is constructed, consumed and related to. In 2014 Cathy was an Abbey Painting Fellow at The British School at Rome and in 2016 she won The Contemporary British Painting Prize. Her 2017 solo exhibition The Blind Spot is profiled by Matt Price in The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting. Recent exhibitions include Star Bar, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth Garden City (ongoing), The Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2019) and Dear Christine, Vane Gallery, Newcastle (and touring) (2019).
Lina Lapelytė is a Lithuanian artist, who lives and works between Vilnius and London. She has a performance-based practice rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia.
She is the Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2019 with her collaborative work Sun & Sea (Marina) made together with Vaiva Grainytė and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, and curated by Lucia Pietroiusti. Lapelytė in her work often engages trained and untrained performers in an act of singing through a wide range of genres such as mainstream music and opera. The singing takes the form of a collective and affective event that questions vulnerability and silencing.
Lina Lapelytė’s work was shown at the 13th Kaunas biennial; Haus der Kunst, Munich; BAM, New York; MOCA, LA; Kunsten festival des arts, Brussels; Tai Kwun, HK; Glasgow International; Riga Biennial – RIBOCA2; Lithuanian Pavilion at Venice Biennale; Cartier Foundation gallery, Paris; Kunsthalle Praha; CCA Ujazdowski, Warsaw; Baltic Triennial, Tallinn; Moderna Museet, Malmo; Baltic Pavilion, Venice Biennial; Serpentine, London. In 2020 she received the National Art and Culture Prize in Lithuania
Language – in its broadest sense – permeates the video, sound, installation and performance work of Laure Prouvost. Known for her immersive and mixed-media installations that combine film and installation in humorous and idiosyncratic ways, Prouvost’s work addresses miscommunication and ideas becoming lost in translation. Playing with language as a tool for the imagination, Prouvost is interested in confounding linear narratives and expected associations among words, images and meaning. She combines existing and imagined personal memories with artistic and literary references to create complex film installations that muddy the distinction between fiction and reality. At once seductive and jarring, her approach to filmmaking employs layered storytelling, quick edits, montage and wordplay and is composed of a rich, tactile assortment of images, sounds, spoken and written phrases. The videos are often shown within immersive environments which comprise found objects, sculptures, painting and drawings, signs, furniture and architectural assemblages, that are rendered complicit within the overarching narrative of the installation.
Prouvost graduated with a BFA from Central Saint Martins, London, in 2002 and an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2010. She is the winner of the Turner Prize in 2013, and has held solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Lisson Gallery New York (2018); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2016); Grand Palais, Paris (2014); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Frieze London (2011, 2010); and Tate Britain, London (2010), among others. Prouvost’s work has also featured in international exhibitions including the Baltic Triennial (2018); Kyiv Biennale (2015); Taipei Biennial (2014); and Art Basel (2014). She also represented France at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. The artist lives and works in London and Antwerp.
About Out of SPACE Podcast
A podcast by SPACE, featuring artists from across our studios. Artists are in conversation with writers, critics and art professionals, offering a closer look into what happens behind closed studio doors. Out of SPACE is hosted by artist / curator Cathy Lomax. Over the next 4 episodes we will continue to explore the theme of care from multiple viewpoints, and hear from artists and creative practitioners about their approach to care in their work, life and their surroundings.
Out of SPACE is a podcast series produced by SPACE, London’s largest artist studios provider. To learn more about the artists taking part, and for further resources, please visit the What’s On section of SPACE’s website at www.spacestudios.org.uk/what’s on.