Horton, Derek and Blakeley, Lydia (2017) Leisure. [Show/Exhibition]


The output is an exhibition which addresses the transience, or rather, permanence of pop-ephemera. Blakeley’s artistic practice explores contemporary culture through painted collage. She attempts to blur the past and present, suspending the image in time, making the past more immediate and accessible. By drawing together disparate cultural reference from the 1950s until the present day, she pieces together fragments of history, forming spaces of living nostalgia. The painting process makes something concrete out of the pop-ephemera, the opposite of how the images would otherwise exist, and the end result challenging the expectation versus the reality. Leisure, curated by Sarah Taylor, presented a new body of work by Blakeley, developing ongoing interests in subversive and playful directions. An interpretation text by Professor Derek Horton accompanied the exhibition.

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