Shannon Lucy’s paintings and works on paper evoke the mementos of faded empires. Her paintings are of penants, flags, sheet music and other souvenirs that might be found in an attic steeped in memories of power and innocence. Contemporary icons and logos are mixed in with the old-fashioned fonts and regalia, creating a continuum of Colonialist mythology. A striped flag in the colors of an imaginary African desert nation bears the Hard Rock logo, and a golden crown of perhaps an Indonesian emperor becomes the backboard of a basketball hoop. Whether she is painting a penant for Team Zimbabwe in zebra hide or the specimen plate for the State Flower of Fila, we feel the power of cultural mythology, of the putting on of the well-intentioned masses to support future histories of error. Lucy’s Bad Thoughts series or works on paper are imaginary musical scores which may depict the madness felt by those who know they are being put on. The complex songs of heartbreak and regret run wild within the musical bars, revealing the more psychological and emotional nuances of her mythological empire.
Also on view is Snake Goes Blind (2003), a three-minute video by artist Liam Everett. The video was shot at night in a city park in Bremen, Germany.