Sunday, 6 December 2009

Plastic Surgery - LucyandBart

In 2008 on a special evening in the MU gallery in Eindhoven Lucyandbart practiced their low-tech plastic surgery on the visiters of the exhibition, I am particularly keen to reference this image because of my interest in the term 'semblances'. The work of Lucyandbart appears to capture only the surface of things and in doing so they also manage to engage our visual experiences by extending our frames of reference beyond the surface of the photograph and subsequently beyond the primary level of what is depicted. In this case this is particularly beyond other kinds of appropriation of 'cosmetic surfaces' that are capable of constructing and informing identity. Does Lucyandbart's exploration of cosmetic identity manage to reveal what lies behind and beyond it, or is it just dealing with appearances?

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