Lucie (b, 1996, Huddersfield) a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins, has been offered the opportunity to spend time in Letchworth Garden City, learning and researching about the original ethos of the ‘Garden City Movement’. To coincide with Lucie’s exhibition, on the second floor an East Cheap Open Studios event will be happening, which consists of nine artists, ranging from painting, sculpture, jewellery and film.
MacGregor has been travelling between London and Letchworth Garden City over the past few months, excavating the peculiarly unique history of Letchworth and responding to site through sculpture, video and drawing. Visiting Letchworth regularly throughout the months of September to January, her personal geographies have taken her between continual change of city and town, urban and traditional, which have posed to her questions about displacement and ‘Utopia’.
A title referencing to one of Dora Maar’s less known photographs, ‘After the Rain’ is an accumulation of recent works made by Lucie MacGregor during her residency at East Cheap Project Space. Finding value in the aftermath of weathered materials, thrown-away debris escaping containment, ‘the calm after the storm’, MacGregor highlights upon the otherworldly, the glitter and granular quality of surfaces that go through a process of upheaval. There is a slippage between the boundaries of the architectural body, the human body and the environmental body. The artist’s, site-specific installations cradle everyday ephemera such as the paper tickets pulped in our coat pocket to quickly taken iPhone images, into a cradled curation of curiosity and care.
‘I began my residency at East Cheap in the lukewarm days of summer, which were quickly replaced with the barren autumnal days of rain and grey; so the title of my exhibit only seemed fitting. Many of my artworks respond to the street, the everyday, unnoticed occurrences that make you look twice. Replicating, translating and fragmenting these happenings into the sculptural installations I devise, I encourage the viewer to perhaps be more observant to the transient spaces they move through, to appreciate and enjoy the silly but often beautiful instances that exist physically around us.’