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Winter exhibitions announced for DCA Galleries

Solo exhibitions by Andrew Lacon and Kate V Robertson

16 August 2017

We’re delighted to announce two new winter commissions for our galleries, taking the form of solo exhibitions by artists Andrew Lacon and Kate V Robertson.

These two projects named Fragments (Andrew Lacon) and This Mess is Kept Afloat (Kate V Robertson) have been developing for some time now in close collaboration with our exhibitions team, and will result in two site-specific responses to the architectural interiors of DCA, launching with special events on Fri 8 December and open from Sat 9 December - Sun 25 February 2018.

Based in Birmingham, Andrew Lacon graduated from the MFA programme at RCA, London, in 2011, having previously studied at the University of Plymouth. Kate V Robertson works in Glasgow and received her MFA with distinction from GSA in 2009, along with a period of study at Hunter College, New York, specialising in Monument and Social Sculpture.

In recent years they have each exhibited widely across the UK and further afield, but this will mark the first solo exhibition for both artists in a UK institution.

"this will mark the first solo exhibition for both artists in a UK institution."

Andrew Lacon’s exhibition Fragments will take the form of a substantial yet subtle installation across the whole of Gallery 1 that challenges our expectations regarding how artworks are presented and asks questions about how certain raw materials are understood and valued in different contexts across space and time.

Kate V Robertson, an artist known for creating environments and displays that often transform and shift over time, will be producing a major installation of new sculptural work under the title This Mess is Kept Afloat, drawing attention to not only the walls, but to the floor, ceiling and windows of Gallery 2.

At the heart of these exhibitions is a focus on materials - marble, stone, cement, paper, resin and rubber - and an excavation and interrogation of their structural qualities, their malleability, and how they are used as tools and vessels for cultural, social and political agendas.

In speaking about these new projects, Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA, said: “Lacon and Robertson’s practices meet in the space between the fundamental nature of certain materials and the complex messages they then convey to the world. Both these exhibitions will transform our galleries into sites of and for action, where architectural space has been radically repurposed by these two exceptional artists. All of us in the Exhibitions team are so looking forward to seeing these works unfold for the first time at DCA.”

We are also working towards two new DCA publications as part of these projects, which will contain newly commissioned texts responding to both artists’ work. Further to this, Andrew and Kate will be working closely with our Print Studio team to create new Limited Edition artworks as part of each exhibition.

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