LYDIA BLAKELEY NATIONAL VELVET

 

The Alessandro Albanese Gallery presents the solo exhibition of the English artist Lydia Blakeley entitled “National Velvet”. For her first Italian solo show, 16 works will be presented from her latest production.

The title of the exhibition chosen by the artist is a clear reference to the Oscar-winning film National Velvet (1946), set in England in the 1920s, starring the actress Liz Taylor – Velvet – who, after winning a city lottery, the crazy horse Pie, decided to train him and sign him up for a Grand Prix. On the day of the Grand Prix, Velvet, not finding a jockey, disguises himself as a man and participates in the race finishing in first place. Having discovered her true identity by the judges, the young woman will be disqualified, but by now she and Pie will have acquired notoriety and international fame.

Lydia Blakeley paints the strange corners of an Internet world as half-remembered dreams.

She turns her gaze on English popular culture, from award-winning poodle dogs to dog shows, from memes to horse racing as in the case of this exhibition, to the aggregations of girls and boys lying on those “English lawns” after a party, portraying the the most bizarre moments that characterize daily life, underlining the importance of slowing down the frenzy that is part of our life and that today the digital world accentuates.

 

Lydia Blakeley, National Velvet, Installation view, Galleria Alessandro Albanese, 2020.

 

Lydia Blakeley, National Velvet, Installation view, Galleria Alessandro Albanese, 2020.

 

Lydia Blakeley, National Velvet, Installation view, Galleria Alessandro Albanese, 2020.

 

Lydia Blakeley, National Velvet, Installation view, Galleria Alessandro Albanese, 2020.

 

Lydia Blakeley, National Velvet, Installation view, Galleria Alessandro Albanese, 2020.

 

Lydia Blakeley, National Velvet, Installation view, Galleria Alessandro Albanese, 2020.