Marilyn Monroe, Lucie Whitehead- ‘Dead To Be Iconic’
Recently, I took a trip down to Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham to attend the preview evening of Lucie Whitehead’s exhibition ‘Dead To Be Iconic’. The white cube space was large yet very inviting and elegantly created with soft lighting, live acoustic music and a lovely selection of canapés and cocktails. The work itself was presented evenly around the room with the details of the icon, their career and the age they died placed underneath the image. Each piece had an equal amount of space between them, leading you around the entire space that was overall neatly organised. The white space and organisation of the room echoed Lucie Whitehead’s work which is very delicate, precise and elegant. The warm, pretty environment, drowned out the theme of death within the work and elevated the decorative aspects of Whitehead’s work. This display of work along with her previous projects are all created using pencil as the main medium and are quite decorative and feminine, focusing upon pattern and detail.
Amikam Toren- ‘Armchair Paintings’, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2003.
The experience of viewing Lucie Whitehead’s work in this environment got me thinking about the way in which we all experience art. Should the space in which we display art echo our creations? Is a white cube space the ultimate way to view art? shutting the rest of the world out, or should we engage with art and the rest of the world? Or, should we place art in a space it wouldn’t necessarily be associated with? for example, Amikam Toren who placed his work within the toilets in Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2003 (above). They’re many ways in which we can experience art, I, on the most part have experienced a white cube space which I seem to favour most of the time as I am quite neat in terms of my presentation of art. However, I think it’s really interesting and important that I and the group start to consider the art in which we are displaying and its surroundings and whether we will take a traditional take on curation or challenge the experience of the viewer?
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