Sarah Lucas | I SCREAM DADDIO
LVI (56) Art
Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015.
© Julian Simmons.
British Pavilion, Venice Biennale
9 May - 22 November
Artist Sarah Lucas is representing Britain at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale 2015 with her major solo exhibition, I SCREAM DADDIO, in the British Pavilion (9 May - 22 November).
Sarah Lucas’s works for the British Pavilion reprise and reinvent the themes that have come to define her powerfully irreverent art – gender, death, sex, and the innuendo residing in everyday objects. Throughout this latest group of works, the body – sexual, comedic, majestic – remains a crucial point of return, while Lucas’s work continues to confront big themes with a distinctive wit.
'Humour is about negotiating the contradictions thrown up by convention. To a certain extent humour and seriousness are interchangeable. Otherwise it wouldn’t be funny. Or devastating.' - Sarah Lucas
Works include Maradona, a grandiose figure in joyous repose – part man, part maypole, part praying mantis – which stands in duplicate at the centre of the exhibition. Named after the iconic Argentine footballer, the figure squats on the ground while an enormous phallus soars majestically into the air.
The female body features more literally in a series of plaster sculptures of fragmentary pairs of legs which are gracefully animated through their combination with the ordinary domestic furniture that has featured since Lucas’s earliest installations. These bawdy, empowered muses form a chorus line that upends the traditional objectification of the female form in male art history, while recalling the incomplete bodily casts Lucas has created throughout her career, such as You Know What (1998) or CNUT (2004).
Other works are more domestic in scale and subject. Lucas’s Tit Cat sculptures – again derived from models made from stuffed tights – combine the wiry forms of cats with tied-off, drooping orbs suggestive of breasts. Arching and prancing, their tails variously drooping and rearing, these strange metamorphic creatures epitomise the way in which Lucas’s art slides between real and surreal registers.
Sarah Lucas (b.1962, London) studied at the Working Men’s College (1982–3), London College of Printing (1983–4), and Goldsmith’s College (1984–7). She exhibited in the seminal group show Freeze (1988), which was followed by solo shows Penis Nailed to a Board and The Whole Joke (both 1992, London). In 1993 she collaborated with Tracey Emin on The Shop, Bethnal Green Road, London.
She has since exhibited internationally with major exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as MoMA New York, Museum Boymans-van Beunigen in Rotterdam, Portikus in Frankfurt, Tecla Sala in Barcelona, and Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Sarah Lucas is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London; Gladstone Gallery, New York; Kurimanzutto, Mexico City; and CFA, Berlin.
UK in Venice
There are a number of UK artists whose work is on display at the Biennale this year. You can find out about the Scotland + Venice and Wales in Venice exhibitions here, including interviews with Helen Sear and Graham Fagen. In addition to those artists representing their respective nations, there are a total of 10 UK artists with a presence in the main exhibitions at the Venice Biennale and you can follow updates from all the UK artists and exhibitions on our dedicated Venice Biennale Storify page.
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- Work by Sarah Lucas in the British Council Collection
- Sarah Lucas at Sadie Coles HQ
- La Biennale di Venezia