Love Me, Love Me engages with romantic dialogues as examples of intersubjective language that are repeatedly played out across pop cultural formats. The central work in the exhibition, Give Me All Your Love (2019), consists of an appropriated lyric from a love song, re-presented as an installation of hand-punched confetti suspended between clear acrylic letters. Installed alongside balloons and streamers, the confetti aims to capture a moment in time and evoke the simultaneous feelings of anticipation and disappointment that are associated with confessions of love. The work appropriates lyrics in order to explore ambiguity around the subjects of romantic confession in popular music: who is being addressed? In their open meaning these lyrics become an opportunity for the projection of our own desires.
Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Her works combine referents appropriated from art historical texts, pop music lyrics and everyday conversations in order to examine romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. These explorations are primarily realised as multi-channel video works and wall-based text installations. She frequently employs party decorations, disco lighting and reflective materials in order to evoke the immersive spaces of karaoke rooms. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. In 2018, she completed a residency with 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. Recent group exhibitions include Future Proof (2018), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space; Hatched: National Graduate Show (2018), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; and Maybe We Could Meet Again (2018), 3331 Arts Chiyoda.
Exhibition Opening: 27 Feb 6pm – 8pm