Painted green paper bags, installation view

Lucy Gunning
Backgrounds: Green

Each £50

Backgrounds: Green 4

On the 14 March 2024 No Show Space launch a new shop with 24 works by Lucy Gunning. Backgrounds: Green are used paper packaging in varying sizes painted in egg tempera and individually priced at £50.

Lucy Gunning
Backgrounds: Green, 2023
Used brown paper packaging, pigment, egg, distilled water
Dimensions various
In a series of 24
Numbered and initialled authentication
Each £50

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Lucy Gunning alluded to backgrounds of various kinds in her recent exhibition un at No Show Space: from the history of the premises in the furniture trade and the local silk weaving and interlinked flax/linen industry to the specific environment of the gallery space, the grey floor and white walls.

Backgrounds: Green were exhibited beside growing flax plants, titled Lines of Usefulness and The Frogs, an iPhone video of frogs camouflaged in their environment. The paper packaging was painted in situ with egg tempera paint, made by the artist in various shades of green, including Bethnal Green. The empty egg boxes were repurposed as seed trays for the growing flax. In the local library and archive Lucy found that the first occupant of the premises in 1902 was an egg merchant.

The proceeds from Backgrounds: Green 1-24 are shared 50/50 between the artist and future projects at No Show Space. No Show Space is a Community Interest Company no.14035065