Andrew Lacon works with sculpture and imagery to question how materials are understood and valued in different contexts and historical periods, particularly in relation to public display.
His work is informed by his early encounters with art, involving visits to municipal museums and churches but little direct engagement with contemporary art objects, which were experienced through images in books. This dislocation between authentic experience and the photographic representation of sculpture fuels Lacon’s desire to work directly with materials as a way to explore relationships between dissemination, access, artistic intention and display.
Lacon will use the residency to extend his knowledge into display strategies and the history of sculpture, drawing on photographs of the studio of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein and the backdrop of sculpture on display from the Permanent Collection.
This residency coincides with a celebration of sculpture throughout the Gallery programme in the 60th anniversary year of Epstein’s death.