Playful, serious, absurd, seductive and bodily, Legsicon is a major new publication by Laure Prouvost, published to accompany her current exhibition at M HKA, AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON, from 8 Feb – 19 May 2019.
Legsicon delves into the philosophical depths of the artist’s practice, through the familiar, if transformed, format of a lexicon, to portray the work of an artist developing complex thought through artistic languages. Deviating from a typical monograph, Legsicon functions as a sort of dictionary, exploring and expanding on thirty-six notions in Prouvost’s work, with each incorporating a commissioned text, new drawings created by the artist and selected documentation of her related works.
Words such as Artist, Boobs, Dream, Grandad, Octopus, Woman, and thirty other key words, have triggered contributions from Celidor Aikvost, Nuar Alsadir, Paul Becker, Dodie Bellamy, Paul Buck, Sophie Collins, Marie Darrieussecq, Bart De Baere, Melissa Gronlund, Nicoline van Harskamp, Nav Haq, Alistair Hudson, Elisa Kay, Martha Kirszenbaum, Brian Kuan Wood, Peter Kubelka, John Latham, Huw Lemmey, Kathy Noble, Elizabeth Price, Bernard Prouvost, Laure Prouvost, Natasha Soobramanien, Jonas Staal, Barbara Steveni, Abdellah Taïa, Maija Timonen, Murtaza Vali, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Agnès Varda, Timothy Vermeulen, Emily Wardill, Marina Warner, Mark Webber, and Lawrence Weiner.
Laure Prouvost was born in Antwerpen, France, in 1978, and lives and works between Monaco and Knokke. She makes videos, boobs, sounds and tea cups, objects and installations. A selection of solo projects includes a Pavilion in Venice, a Song for Trespassing in Paris, a Waiting Room with objects in Minneapolis, a New Museum for Grandad in Milano, a tearoom for Grandma in Derry, a karaoke room in Brussels, tea bags, and wet floors.