Lucy Joyce | Motorway Becomes Sea

20 September – 4 October, 2015
Queen’s Road Peckham Station, Primesight billboard, SE15 2JR

Lucy Joyce’s commission, Motorway Becomes Sea, adopts the language and placement of advertising to explore our shifting relationship with urban and natural environments. The constant sprawl of the city provides a fitting context for Joyce’s work which addresses the contemporary condition of urban space through its placing of the natural sublime on the banal realities of concrete service roads.

The work evokes off-ramps, lay-by eateries and bland landscapes viewed at speed through a car window and proposes a fantasy of all this being washed away by the rising oceans. Joyce’s superimposition of the ocean on to the concrete arteries of the modern metropolis raises urgent questions about the sustainability of urban areas and the potential liberation in nature’s return to the city. Joyce’s work will take the form of a billboard poster, located outside Queen’s Road Peckham Station.

Lucy Joyce (b. 1978, London) completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2013). She has recently been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2014) and the London Open at Whitechapel Gallery (2015). Joyce currently working on an Out of the Ordinary Places and Ideas Test Commission supported by Arts Council England.


Audio Broadcast
Radio Anti 87.5FM
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 October

Radio Anti will be the Art Licks festival radio station. Lucy Joyce has produced an audio soundtrack to accompany the work that will be broadcast live over the Art Licks Weekend. You can listen to the audio track by clicking here.

Talk & screening: Lucy Joyce
Sunday 4 October, 12.00 – 13.00
The Nines, 133 Copeland Rd, SE15 3SN

To coincide with her commission, Motorway Becomes Sea, Lucy Joyce will talk about her work in the context of her practice, which is led as much by her studio-based work as it is by sculptural interventions, installations and performances.

Motorway Becomes Sea is part of Art Licks Weekend 2015
With thanks to The Nines