Lucy Gunning

Lucy Gunning produced Quarry as a result of three month Moving Image Residency, which was co-organised by Picture This and Spike Island, Bristol.

Lucy Gunning trained as a sculptor although she has become primarily known for her film and video works, which often focus on the performance of physical acts, examining the idiosyncrasies of human behaviour. She won critical acclaim for two early films Climbing around My Room 1993 and The Horse Impressionists 1994 both of which engage with ideas about 'acting out'. Gunning's work often has a wistfulness and sense of nostalgia, evoking memories from childhood and adolescence.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1964, Gunning studied at Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall, and Goldsmiths College, London. She has had a number of solo and group exhibitions in this country and abroad, and was featured in The British Art Show 5 (National Touring Exhibitions, 2000).

Lucy Gunning is represented by Matt's Gallery, London and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

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Dominic Paterson spent the Summer of 2010 as our writer in residence. Here, in his essay, he looks into our archive at Quarry (2003) by Lucy Gunning.