Lucy Skaer & Rosalind Nashashibi

Flash in the Metropolitan

About this artwork

Commissioned by Spike Island, ‘Flash in the Metropolitan’ was filmed in the depths of darkness in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In the three and a half minute film Nashashibi and Skaer focus on artefacts from the Near Eastern, African and Oceanic collections. Both artists in their own practices are interested in re-contextualising the viewer’s awareness and recognition and this film continues to engage with this theme. In flashing a blinding light on to a series of historical objects, Nashashibi and Skaer subvert the notion of contemplation that is so closely associated with a museum environment. The viewer is instead granted a fleeting glimpse of a series of artefacts, which, with any detail removed, reduces their status to an icon without a narrative.

Lucy Skaer

Rosalind Nashashibi

Lucy Skaer

Skaer’s work stems from an interest in found imagery which she uses as a basis for reinterpretation. Working on paper, Skaer’s often large drawings become abstract and ambiguous, operating, in her own words, as “a portal into a space beyond comprehension”. Skaer has frequently returned to images of cadavers and Rorschach blots and more recently she has begun to explore sculpture and installation-based work, such as her three-dimensional versions of the famous inkblots. Born in Cambridge, from 1993-7 Skaer studied Fine Art in the Environmental Art department at Glasgow School of Art, a course which has produced numerous successful artists. She represented Scotland at the 2007 Venice Biennale and in 2009 was nominated for the Turner Prize. She has participated in numerous group shows in Europe and America including Art Under Attack – Histories of British Iconoclasm, Tate Britain, London (2013). Her many solo exhibitions include Murray Guy, New York (2014); Exit, Voice and Loyalty, Tramway, Glasgow (2013) and A Boat Used As A Vessel, Kunsthalle Basel (2009).

Rosalind Nashashibi