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Poetry Machines by Lucy Harrison | 02-Mar-09

Poetry Machines by Lucy Harrison
Saison Poetry Library

April 14 - July 5 2009

A new exhibition in response to a collection of poetry instigated by artist in residence Lemn Sissay as a way of celebrating the diversity of poetry in its many forms from Wordsworth to Goldfrapp as it comes through Southbank Centre. Artist Lucy Harrison's work has taken its influence from 20th century 'writing machines' and Oulipo writing strategies to produce an exhibition that recycles words from within the collection, producing new writing which may or may not be interpreted as poetry. Her selection process retains the visual presence of the collection: varied typefaces, handwriting and paper qualities are visible and make reference to the wide variety of sources of Lemn's collection.

Lucy Harrison graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1999, where she utilised the Printmaking department to produce books and multiples. In 2008 she worked on a Research Project for Art on the Underground at Stratford station, for which she published three editions of a newspaper called The Stratford Grapevine. Other recent projects include Haunts, a solo exhibition at Outpost Gallery (2008), a residency at Lokaal 01 in Antwerp (2008), and Library Bingo (2007), part of Beacon 07, where she replaced bingo calls in a Skegness social club with library book titles.

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