Monday, February 27, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Or perhaps they are a little like Rauschenberg's "Bed", the piece where he took his bedclothes and tipped them from horizontal to vertical, and magically the most basic and homely thing became art. Similarly, Luloff recycles and pays homage to her life and practice. A life lived just as much in the studio as in the outside world. The pieces of fabric here are, in fact, doubly recycled. Luloff scours thrift shops to find the "right" piece of bed sheet or old curtain. Back in her studio she will bleach or stain patterns and shapes into the fabric which, in turn, are glued onto her "paintings" both large scale and small. The pieces here, on these intimately scaled paintings, are the lowest common denominator, the tender pieces, saved from the dustpan after a day of work; like flakes of gold in a prospector's pan.
The works on display are glimpses into a life unfolding through painting and material. Luloff's work belongs in the lineage of such artists as the before mentioned Rauschenberg, as well as Joan Snyder, American heirs to cubism and artists known for wearing their hearts on their sleeves. There is also atmosphere in these paintings, not unlike painters and notable colorists Helen Frankenthaler or Mark Rothko. Luloff offers a constant contrast between the rooted objects of everyday life and the soaring ambition to transcend those very things.
I have had this same experience when I visit Luloff's funkily majestic Bushwick studio. The space she has created for her herself and her work is endlessly heartening to me as a painter. The capacity for this artist to make things with fabric, glue, and scissors and paint that are so uniquely her own, full of necessity, generosity and grace. This, suddenly I realize, maybe the very definition of painting and quite possibly love. -Wallace Whitney
Lauren Luloff (b. 1980, Dover, NH) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a MFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and a BFA from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Her work has been included in the notable exhibitions Painting Expanded at Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Not the Way you Remembered at the Queens Museum of Art, New York; and The Working Title at the Bronx River Arts Center, New York. The artist was recently profiled by Johnny Misheff in The New York Times T Magazine and has been mentioned in the Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail, and Vellum. Recent Small Works is the artist's second solo exhibition with Horton Gallery.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
“HYPERCOLOR” brings together a group of ambitious artists who’s practices are hinged on their unique relationship with the formal element. Each embrace a diverse palette, often full of high-key colors that both invigorate and jar their viewer. Though employed for different reasons, these artist's selection of color suggest an undeniable affinity to contemporary popular culture paying homage to the past while offering insight to the future.
Participating artists include: Liz Atzberger, Joe Ballweg, Saira McLaren, Ziad Naccache, Douglas Einar Olsen, Jamie Powell and Eric Sall, with a collaborative performance by artists Lydia Ainsworth and Lara Gemmiti the night of the opening.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Spectra: fixtures, attachments, and ornamentals
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 9, 7-10pm
147 Main St.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 6-9 PM
44-02 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Ivin Ballen, Josh Blackwell, Vince Contarino, Paul DeMuro, Dennis Farber, Amy Feldman, Stacy Fisher, Joanne Greenbaum, Michelle Grabner, Eric Hibit, James Hyde, Lucy Kim, Yasue Maetake, Fabienne Lasserre, B. Wurtz.
President Clinton Projects is pleased to present ”Tops,” featuring new work by 15 artists based in New York, Chicago and Baltimore. President Clinton Projects is a curatorial project founded in 2012 by Sun You.
For additional information, please contact Sun You at Sunyou728@gmail.com