SPARE ROOM / 18 May to 21 June 2018 (Opening Thursday 17 May 5-7pm, with opening remarks by Peter Westwood)
Lucie McIntosh is interested in the process of signification and, more specifically, in how the process of signification might be made visible through the content of an artwork. Her practice emphasizes the inherently plural and personal nature of meaning—reminding us of, and celebrating, our agency in its creation.
“to disregard symbols is to disregard a part of human perception”
— Torbjørn Rødland
Lucie McIntosh is interested in this process of signification and, more specifically, in how the process of signification might be made visible through the content of an artwork. Her practice emphasizes the inherently plural and personal nature of meaning—reminding us of, and celebrating, our agency in its creation.
Lucie’s practice relies on photography for the semiotic middle-ground that it offers; her indexical images—sometimes found, sometimes formed and often both—exist somewhere between the complexity of reality and the limitlessness of the imaginary. The works rely on their plurality and intertextuality, compulsively referencing their many varieties of self, content, history and maker. Inside of this situation the notion of an absolute or original meaning is frustratingly and consistently deferred—while it might feel close, “truth” is always kept just out of reach.
Rødland, T, 2011. Sentences on photography: After rationalism and mysticism—twenty lines. Triple Canopy, [Online]. Issue 12: Black Box.) Available at: https://www.canopycanopycanopy.com/issues/12/contents/sentences_on_photography [Accessed 13 September 2017].
B. 1990 in sunny Queensland, Lucie McIntosh is a visual artist and curator based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Lucie completed a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Honours) with First Class at RMIT University in 2015. Lucie has a deep commitment to the independent arts community and has volunteered her time to a number of not–for–profit and contemporary art projects. She is currently a Director of BLINDSIDE, an independent, artist–run space based in the heart of Melbourne.
Lucie's exhibition and research based practice explores the politics of the photograph and the materialities of the image as object. Her work utalises themes of authenticity and representation to reflect upon the nature of perception and the meaning of the contemporary image. Through exploring contemporary practices of image production and consumption, Lucie's work acknowledges notions of beauty as paradoxical, elusive and complex yet also significant and indispensable to human experience.