Swimming Pool Blue was the result of a 2 month residency at Achterhaus, Hamburg. Designating the residency apartment as exhibition space and primary source for material, the works explored conditions of artist residency deemed inessential — its accumulation of objects and furniture, its spacial histories, and its associated anxieties, such as loneliness, distraction and language incompetence.

Documentation by Sarah Hildebrand:

Swimming Pool Blue (2016), Window shade, dental floss.

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (2016), Mirror.

Jetzt Hier (2016), Mirror.

Do Nothing (2016), Mirror.

8 Hours of the Relaxing Sounds of Waves (2016), Glass table top, found objects, paint.

Installation view of Swimming Pool Blue (2016) at Actherhaus, Hamburg.

Performance documentation of Swimming Pool Blue (2016) at Actherhaus, Hamburg.


"Swimming Pool Blue"

Self control is admirable. Drink, but don’t drop consonants. Let the last piece go uneaten. Don’t smoke down to the filter. Keep a balance. Pay your bills. Go to bed on time, and wake up early. Be present. Jets Hier. Let real life moments go undocumented. Close your eyes when you kiss. Don’t fall fast in love. Wrap your heartache in unfeeling phrases. Be calm. Be 8 hours of the relaxing sounds of waves. Don’t call. Compose emails but don't send them. Read. Exercise. Listen to loud music. Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Ain't nothing like the real thing, no, no. Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Ain't nothing like the real thing.

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Lucien Durey remercie le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays. logos