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Lucy Raven: Demolition of a Wall (Album 1)

Remai Modern is delighted to present the Canadian premiere of artist Lucy Raven’s acclaimed moving image installation Demolition of a Wall (Album 1) (2022). Raven’s practice centres on both the form and mechanics of film, photography and video and on historic and contemporary representations of the American West.

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Filmed at an explosives range in New Mexico used by private ammunition companies and the American Departments of Defence and Energy, Raven’s work presents the violent movement and impacts of pressure-blast shockwaves as they radiate outward following an explosion. While this piece is set in the Southwestern United States, it connects with related local histories and practices such as the firearms ballistic testing program being developed in Saskatchewan and the presence of Camp Dundurn, a Canadian Forces facility located 40 km south of Saskatoon, being built on the site of a traditional camping grounds for Métis hunters. 

Demolition of a Wall (Album 1) was featured in the 2022 iteration of the Whitney Biennial.

A square screen is set against a wall of windows in a gallery space with a wood floor. The screen depicts a lightly hilled landscape bathed in twilight.
Lucy Raven, Demolition of a Wall (Album 1), 2022, colour video, quadrophonic sound, wood and aluminum screen, aluminum seating structure, 20:58 min. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery.

About the artist

Lucy Raven (born 1977) is originally from Tucson, Arizona. She lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA in studio art and a BA in art history from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2000, and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2008.

Her work has been exhibited in solo presentations at Wiels, Brussels, Belgium (2022); Dia Chelsea, New York, USA (2021); Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2016–17); Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, USA (2016); VOX centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal, Canada (2015); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2014); Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2014); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2012); and Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA (2010). She has also exhibited extensively as part of group shows in the U.S. and abroad and her works are held in public collections around the world.

Raven teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York.