Lucy Raven: Internal Properties of the Earth

BAP Outpost
Makati, MM, Philippines
29 January – 13 April 2019

Bellas Artes Projects (BAP) is pleased to present Internal Properties of the Earth, the American artist Lucy Raven’s first solo exhibition in Asia curated by former Bellas Artes Projects Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt. The exhibition presents videos and photographs that span ten years of work stemming from Raven’s long standing exploration of the American landscape through its analog and wireless connections to global networks of labor and material extraction and exchange across China, India, the Philippines, and the United States. Featured is a new photographic series produced during Raven’s residency at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar which began in May 2017.

The exhibition begins with China Town (2009), tracing copper mining and production from an open pit mine in Nevada to a smelter in China. Considering what it actually means to “be wired” and in turn, be connected, in today’s global economic system, the video follows the detailed production process that transforms raw ore into copper wire—in this case, the literal digging of a hole to China—and the generation of waste and of power that grows in both countries as byproduct. This award winning film is found in the collections of Tate and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and will be screened on the hour throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Raven’s 2015 animation The Deccan Trap is a sci-fi fable that goes back in space and time. The video documents some of the newest 3D images being produced in India, at post-production studios in converting outsourced Hollywood films from 2D to 3D, to some of the oldest, referencing bas-relief carvings in Ellora’s rock cut temples in Madhya Pradesh.

The exhibition debuts Raven’s work in the Philippines with a new photographic series Fire and Mud (2018-2019), drawing inspiration from the 1991 volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines and the subsequent evacuation of the nearby Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City, to examine the ongoing effects of American colonialism in the country. Mt. Pinatubo’s powerful eruption released an ashy pyroclastic glow called lahars, or wet concrete. Raven’s photographs, produced as part of an ongoing film project developed over the last two years as part of her residency at Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan, is a study into material’s phase changes from liquid to solid and back again, as a means to explore the larger implications and effects of state change.


About the Artist

Born in Tucson, Arizona (USA) in 1977, Lucy Raven received a BFA in studio art and a BA in art history from the University of Arizona, Tucson (2000), and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2008). Primarily grounded in animation and the moving image, Raven’s multidisciplinary practice also incorporates still photography, installation, sound, and performative lecture. Her work deploys image-making processes used in twenty-first-century filmmaking, which often hide the underlying labor in order to investigate the impact of industrial systems and technology within a global infrastructure. Her works can be found in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and the Guggenheim.