Event DetailsSunday, December 6, 2020
Join a talk hosted by ‘Artis‘ from anywhere around the world for Lucy is Sick, a talk with artist Roee Rosen in conversation with curator Chen Tamir about Rosen’s seminal works and a new project, Lucy is Sick (2020), a coloring book about the effects of illness on the body. The book was commissioned by Steirischer Herbst to premier at Steirischer Herbst ’20 – Paranoia TV this year, and was supported by an Artis Exhibition Grant. Lucy is an enfant terrible hetero-male character that Roee created nearly thirty years ago. He first appeared in an artist book of poetic texts and pen drawings by Roee, depicting his encounters and adventures. In Lucy is Sick, the character Lucy resurfaces in a series of surreal literary episodes exploring the experiences and effects of illness at different stages on the body, mind, and relationships. The coloring book was shared with in-patients at University Hospital Graz, Austria during the Steirischer Herbst festival this year, and is the first chapter of a larger literary project by Roee.
Chen will moderate a conversation with Roee about Lucy is Sick and other critical works from his expansive and international career as a multidisciplinary artist, novelist, and filmmaker, including Kafka for Kids (2018), a humorous performative lecture and film project that imagines stories by Kafka as a brutally surreal children’s TV series; The Dust Channel, (2016), a video commissioned by Documenta for Documenta 14 (2017) that is an operetta with a libretto in Russian about a British home appliance, a Dyson DC07 Vacuum Cleaner, set in an Israeli reality of private perversion and socio-political phobias; and The Blind Merchant (1989–1991), an artist book and installation, made up of 145 drawings and 151 pages of text, that expands on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice with revisionist, “parasitical” text and drawings, and was recently acquired into the permanent collection of Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.