Exhibition by Stacy & Len Thomas-Vickory Opens at HallSpace Feb 19

February 10, 2022

Montserrat power-couple Stacy and Len Thomas-Vickory have a joint exhibition beginning this month at John Colan’s HallSpace gallery.

“Uncivilized” showcases two parallel bodies of work, some of which began before 2020 but all of which responds to the anxieties of the recent years through two different sets of eyes and forms of practice. Below are Stacy and Len’s respective statements on the show.

 

Stacy:

I quit the newscast more times than I can count in this six, seven year deluge of difficult news. How many years? Maybe it is a decade, maybe it has always been. It is time for a retreat to the woods, to the studio, to the ocean – somewhere I am not followed by the latest cacophony of assaults on the land, on the people, on and on and on. In the quiet, my thoughts peek back around the wall of my mind, one, two. I hear them now, whispering of age-old conflicts between, among humankind. There is an eternity of strife that haunts us. Walking in the land, gathering rocks, antlers, roots, seeds, remnants of the rhythm of life, of death, of change. I head to the studio to record these relics in carbon, in graphite, to better understand power struggles between men and women, between civilization and land. How should we see this? How can we not? I raise the antlers. I raise my graphite. I understand it better now. 

Stacy Thomas-Vickory
Winter 2022

 

Len: 

This is the work started just prior to lockdown. In that unprecedented moment, new concepts and experimentation started. Simply put, these drawings and lithographs are documenting what is going on in the world. From fear mongering, to the Orwellian use of 2+2=5, to the weird snake-oil-salesman-dystopia we are now dwelling in, all of this is being documented in this work. When I reference documentation, I also mean research. Sometimes, through this research, it was pretty simple to confirm my thoughts and views. Other times, the research brought me to some very icky places. For instance, I got an introduction to post truth theory. Blah!

 

My current artwork comprises two sides of the same coin. One side is Prometheus, the other is Sisyphus. The Unfolk works are looking at particular events of the past two years and are questioning them from a very sober point of view. More so, putting them on the boiler plate to see what comes up. The Unfolk reflect this Prometheus side of the coin. The Sisyphus side is the Suburbanauts on Acid. This side of the coin is looking at the pandemic from the lens of an acid trip. Not the psychedelic version most people think of, but the sheer weird randomness of it all. They are often found performing ridiculous tasks in the effort to improve the day. 

 

Comic books, film and music are the biggest influences on me. Jack Kirby, Grant Morrison, Albert Camus and Irvine Welsh come to mind very quickly. Just as important though are musicians such as J.G. Thirlwell, Blixa Bargeld, Siouxsie and Budgie. I am fascinated by how all of these artists have moved their work into different venues, methodologies and ideas of how they can be manipulated further. 


Here: Ickyawkwardsnarkyironicfrumpyhumorous. That is the best way I can describe this work. What I do know is this: I have been having a ton of fun with the experience making this work; mostly. And I look forward to seeing where these little worlds of The Unfolk and the Suburbanauts on Acid goes.

Len Thomas-Vickory
Winter 2022

 

“Uncivilized” opens at HallSpace on February 19 and runs to March 26.

The opening reception will be held on February 19 from 2-5pm at 950 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125