Lea Cetera

Southard Reid, London, B27

Threshold, 2017, HD video projection. Courtesy: the artist and Southard Reid, London; photograph: Ernst Fischer

Threshold, 2017, HD video projection, painted steel, concrete, safety glass, glazed porcelain, resin, plastic, glass, ocean pebble, silicone rubber, bronze, cigarette butts, ash, HD video projectors, media players, speakers, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist and Southard Reid, London; photograph: Ernst Fischer

Cetera works in video, sculpture and performance producing temporal installations that examine the space between object and body, public and private, the virtual and real. Using techniques taken from theatre and moving image, her work addresses constructed identities, the mediation of technology, alienation of the human body and the aura of the object/fetish.

Threshold is a new work focusing on the discourse around the art object, presented in a hybrid form of video, performance and sculptural installation.  A set of “characters” appear in twos, projected life-size against the booth walls and engaging in an observational dialogue around art.  The title locates the installation in a liminal space, suggesting borderlines that are constructed, approached and passed through. Sculptural elements serve as props in a set for the audience to navigate as they mingle with the performance/video, linking with the notion of the performance of everyday life. The backdrop of running commentary operates as a portrait of the discourse that forms, informs and conforms the choices that artists make in creating work. 

Lea Cetera, (b.1983), lives in New York.  Solo shows include "Transference", Southard Reid, London, "Sprawl", Art In General, New York (2016) and "Observational Comedy", Southard Reid (2014).  She was a recipient of the Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2016-17), and has presented performances at The Drawing Centre, NY and Disjecta Contemporary Art Centre, OR (2014).  She has participated in group shows at The Jewish Museum, SculptureCenter and Simone Subal (all New York) and Pilar Corrias, London.

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