The Lacrima Chair
6th March – 25th April 2015
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Shaun Gladwell‘s two-part project is exhibited across two sites: SCAF featured a new commission The Lacrima Chair and at UNSW Galleries, Collection+: Shaun Gladwell, a selection of over 20 works drawn from public and private collections worldwide.
The Lacrima Chair comprised several interrelated fragments: a mist screen, an airline chair doused in water, three video works and an artist book in the form of a Semiotext(e) referencing the 1960s publication that influenced Gladwell and many of his peers. Each component makes obvious and abstruse references to flight, distance, cultural translation and the notion of function in art. Since completing a residency at the Cité Internationale des Art in 2000, Gladwell has had an ongoing interest in French culture. The Lacrima Chair explores the cultural connection between France and Australia.
A comprehensive bilingual English/French catalogue was published by SCAF on the occasion of the exhibition.