The paintings of Lucy McKenzie, who was born in 1977, show how we can envisage an approach to painting today that goes beyond the purely aesthetic. Her large canvases depict interiors that refer to 19th century decor designs. McKenzie arranges these paintings within the space like a stage set.
In the large top-lit gallery at Museum Ludwig, the artist worked a number of such canvases with trompe l'oeil images in to an almost seven metre long and eight metre tall wooden construction that can be accessed from both the upper balcony and the exhibition space. In this way, the tension that generates in McKenzie's work between the applied and the fine arts, between drawing and painting, draft and almost life-size canvas is further intensified. McKenzie also demonstrates with this a logical consequence of her examination art and its
social relevance, a question that was particularly important to the Arts and Crafts movement in the 19th and early 20th century. For McKenzie this also implicates the notion of the artist as worker, who appears in a self-imposed uniform suited to practical needs.
Curator: Dr. Barbara Engelbach
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