For this piece, Lucy McKenzie used a found abstract painting by an unknown artist as her canvas, and painted on it a poster for an event at a club in Germany, just outside of Berlin. Despite the concert date being in 1999, by choosing Depeche Mode as the theme for the night, she evokes a sense of the 1980s, an important period for the intersection between music, politics, art and propaganda.
Depeche Mode Night
Date of work
Original: Depeche Mode Night, 1999 Acrylic paint on found painting 1540 × 1180 mm Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York © Lucy McKenzie
Lucy McKenzie (born 1977) is a British artist, now based in Brussels. Taking inspiration from a wealth of cultural phenomena, from fashion to sport to propaganda, she creates work in a variety of media. She is perhaps best-known for her painting, producing trompe l’oeil works, sometimes on a large scale, that are so convincingly real they literally ‘deceive the eye’. McKenzie has also founded a record label and a fashion line, Atelier E.B, a collaboration with Scottish designer Beca Lipscombe. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and five of her artworks form part of Tate’s collection.