• Short Summary

    A GRIM VIEW OF LIFE IS SEEN IN THE WORKS OF THE MODERN SCULPTOR - BRUCE LACEY - WHOSE EXHIBITION IS CURRENTLY ON SHOW IN LONDON.

  • Description

    A GRIM VIEW OF LIFE IS SEEN IN THE WORKS OF THE MODERN SCULPTOR - BRUCE LACEY - WHOSE EXHIBITION IS CURRENTLY ON SHOW IN LONDON. SOME VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO ALIGN THEIR TRADITIONAL IDEAS OF ART WITH WHAT THEY SEE THERE. BRUCE LACEY WORKS WITH MACHINERY FOR HIS THREE DIMENSIONAL EFFECT - AND MANY OF THEM, TO THE CASUAL EYE, SEEM TO BEAR A CLOSER RESEMBLANCE TO PENNY-IN-THE-SLOT MACHINES, THAN TO ART.

    IN ONE OF HIS DRAMATIC CREATIONS, MR. LACEY DEPICTS THE EVIL GOSSIP THAT HE SEES FLOWING FROM THE MOUTHS OF MANY WOMEN. THE MACHINE CLATTERS IN A CHATTERING KIND OF WAY, THAT TO THE ARTIST IS REMINISCENT OF THE CONVERSATION OF MANY WOMEN. ALL THE WHILE THE MACHINE IS DISGORGING LENGTHS OF PAPER COVERED IN A MEANINGLESS JUMBLE OF WORDS.

    ANOTHER, WHICH HE CALLS "SUPERMARKET" DEPICTS THE "HAVE'S AND HAVE NOTS" OF THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE. ON ONE SIDE, BRAWNY ARMS STRETCH IN A GRASPING WAY TOWARDS A BOWL OF WHEAT, WHILE ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE ARMS ARE LITTLE MORE THAN BONES. THEY TOO ARE REACHING FOR THE ELUSIVE BOWL. TWO LEGS STICK OUT READY TO TRIP THE UNWARY VISITOR.

    POLITICS, THE COLOUR QUESTION - AND THE CRUEL QUIRK OF FATE BY WHICH A WOMAN MUST DENY HERSELF TO FEED HER CHILDREN ARE AMONG THE OTHER TOPICS REPRESENTED IN MR. LACEY'S ART. THERE'S A WIDE OPEN MOUTH - SAID TO REPRESENT THE POLITICIANS OF MODERN DAY SOCIETY. IF THE VISITOR STANDS CLOSE TO IT, HE FINDS THE ONLY THING THAT'S BEING EMITTED IS HOT AIR.....

    THE WORLD OF AUTOMATION IS SEEN AS ONE IN WHICH MAN COULD BECOME RULED BY HIS ENVIRONMENT - SO MUCH SO THAT HE EVEN NEEDS A MACHINE TO RAISE AND LOWER HIS LEG.

    FINALLY, A FEARFUL LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, WITH OVERPOPULATION, AND MAN REACHING FOR OUTER SPACE.

    THIS EXHIBITION IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE LEAST CONVENTIONAL SEEN IN LONDON FOR MANY YEARS......

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6C94TOHYLQXTN998J1IO6848T
    Media URN:
    VLVA6C94TOHYLQXTN998J1IO6848T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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