Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
October 2–November 17, 2018
London

Sprüth Magers is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Lucy Dodd. It will be her first exhibition in London and will continue her exploration of the formal qualities of painting, again emphasizing the possibilities of monumental painting as a theatrical realm of symbols both cosmic and personal.

Dodd’s previous exhibitions have often originated with interpretations of the visual forms and qualities of iconic works from art history, such as Picasso’s Guernica (for a show at the Rubell Foundation, 2014) and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (at The Whitney Museum, 2016). In the current exhibition, however, the symbols are primarily of a planetary and cosmological nature.

Conceived as three acts or stages, the show revolves around the cinema-size painting Miss Mars. In contrast with Earth, the only planet in the solar system that expresses life on its crust, Mars reveals his luminous centre with his two moons in the background amongst a series of hazy galaxies.

 

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Miss Mars is the drama of the exhibition. The words, four letters each.

Mars: Masculine: war, violence, power.

Miss: Feminine. Also: missing.

The absence, as part of the story of this show, of that masculine (Mars) energy and the need for its transformation. The search for the feminine aspect of the warrior. And then the whole drama unfolds. Miss (missing) Mars leads, to the discovery of MISS MARS, the feminine aspect of the warrior. The planet Mars, the warrior, the Red planet, splitting open and giving birth to Miss Mars, an Aries baby, a little girl. And also a man in drag.

Miss Mars is reversible. And also a man in dragon.

The drama continues in the next room. Here everything is lost and the way forward is obscured. The dark night of the soul. Here is Mars as St George, the dragon slayer and patron saint of England, and a painting produced on the floor of The George and Dragon pub. It is an index of the people that spent time there during one evening. The mirage of the cellar doors fades into the well-trodden desire lines that lead to the bar or door. The floor rises to become a sail. This space is watched over by an owl with ovary-like eyes.

And, upstairs, in triumph, in conclusion: LIGHT!

 

Installation Views
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

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Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 2–November 17, 2018
Photo: Stephen White

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Exhibited Works
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars, 2018
Squid ink, hematite, onion skins, liquid smoke, avocado, SCOBY, Kremer’s English Red, iron oxide, dragon's blood, cochineal, azurite, cinnabar, phosphorescents, and acrylic on canvas
309.9 × 462.3 cm
122 × 182 inches

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
Dragon Tales, 2018

Lucy Dodd
Dragon Tales, 2018
Wild walnut, cochineal, dye on cotton rope and wrought iron frame
approx. 228.6 × 76.2 × 101.6 cm
approx. 90 × 30 × 40 inches

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
The Sting, 2018

Lucy Dodd
The Sting, 2018
Wild walnut, cochineal, azurite, squid ink, and acrylic on canvas
119.4 × 158.8 cm
47 × 62 1/2 inches

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
The Blow, 2018

Lucy Dodd
The Blow, 2018
Tobacco, ash, cochineal, azurite, dry pigment, and acrylic paint on canvas
157.5 × 120.7 cm
62 × 47 1/2 inches

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
The Trap, 2018

Lucy Dodd
The Trap, 2018
Charcoal, booze, Dr. Martens and shoes on canvas
clockwise from left side: 158.8 × 111.8 × 283.2 × 251. 5 cm
clockwise from left side: 62 1/2 × 44 × 111 1/2 × 99 inches

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
The Arien Owl, 2018

Lucy Dodd
The Arien Owl, 2018
Poppy petals, Rainha berries & seeds, baby snake, sunflower petals, azurite, garnet sand, hematite, toilet paper, kukicha, mirror and clover on paper and canvas
158.8 × 156.2 × 8.9 cm (framed)
62 1/2 × 61 1/2 × 3 1/2 inches (framed)

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
The Snooze at Swan's Noon, 2018

Lucy Dodd
The Snooze at Swan's Noon, 2018
Wild walnut, hematite, Tetley’s, cochineal, azurite, squid ink, baby poo, Dragon’s Blood, dry pigments, and acrylic on canvas
159.4 × 120 cm
62 3/4 × 47 1/4 inches

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
The Princess, 2018

Lucy Dodd
The Princess, 2018
Cochineal, earth from Andalusia, squid ink, hematite, charcoal, SCOBY, azurite and acrylic
204.5 × 167.6 cm
80 1/2 × 66 inches

Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London
Lucy Dodd
The Slay, 2018

Lucy Dodd
The Slay, 2018
Dragon's Blood, green tea, squid ink, wild walnut, Tetley’s, azurite, cochineal, and acrylic on canvas
94 × 94 × 3.8 cm
37 × 37 × 1 1/2 inches

Details
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars, 2018
Squid ink, hematite, onion skins, liquid smoke, avocado, SCOBY, Kremer’s English Red, iron oxide, dragon's blood, cochineal, azurite, cinnabar, phosphorescents, and acrylic on canvas
309.9 × 462.3 cm
122 × 182 inches

Lucy Dodd
Miss Mars, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
Dragon Tales, 2018
Wild walnut, cochineal, dye on cotton rope and wrought iron frame
approx. 228.6 × 76.2 × 101.6 cm
approx. 90 × 30 × 40 inches

Lucy Dodd
Dragon Tales, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
The Sting, 2018
Wild walnut, cochineal, azurite, squid ink, and acrylic on canvas
119.4 × 158.8 cm
47 × 62 1/2 inches

Lucy Dodd
The Sting, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
The Blow, 2018
Tobacco, ash, cochineal, azurite, dry pigment, and acrylic paint on canvas
157.5 × 120.7 cm
62 × 47 1/2 inches

Lucy Dodd
The Blow, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
The Trap, 2018
Charcoal, booze, Dr. Martens and shoes on canvas
clockwise from left side: 158.8 × 111.8 × 283.2 × 251. 5 cm
clockwise from left side: 62 1/2 × 44 × 111 1/2 × 99 inches

Lucy Dodd
The Trap, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
The Arien Owl, 2018
Poppy petals, Rainha berries & seeds, baby snake, sunflower petals, azurite, garnet sand, hematite, toilet paper, kukicha, mirror and clover on paper and canvas
158.8 × 156.2 × 8.9 cm (framed)
62 1/2 × 61 1/2 × 3 1/2 inches (framed)

Lucy Dodd
The Arien Owl, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
The Snooze at Swan's Noon, 2018
Wild walnut, hematite, Tetley’s, cochineal, azurite, squid ink, baby poo, Dragon’s Blood, dry pigments, and acrylic on canvas
159.4 × 120 cm
62 3/4 × 47 1/4 inches

Lucy Dodd
The Snooze at Swan's Noon, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
The Princess, 2018
Cochineal, earth from Andalusia, squid ink, hematite, charcoal, SCOBY, azurite and acrylic
204.5 × 167.6 cm
80 1/2 × 66 inches

Lucy Dodd
The Princess, 2018
Lucy Dodd – Miss Mars – London

Lucy Dodd
The Slay, 2018
Dragon's Blood, green tea, squid ink, wild walnut, Tetley’s, azurite, cochineal, and acrylic on canvas
94 × 94 × 3.8 cm
37 × 37 × 1 1/2 inches

Lucy Dodd
The Slay, 2018
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