“Walls become panoramic vistas, referencing fractal geometries, viscous lava flows, and ’60s psychedelia.” – Peter Halley
Lauren Clay : Tread, Riser, Passage
Bosse & Baum | London Collective on Vortic Collect
10 July – 23 July 2020
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Bosse & Baum is pleased to introduce a solo exhibition of new works by Lauren Clay, as part of London Collective on Vortic Collect. This exhibition includes a series of five works on paper in conjunction with two wall-based paper installations.
Lauren Clay toys with the physical and the virtual; her process of working is a dance between the two which combines painting, sculpture, architecture, and design to re-envision their potential for spatial contrast, fantasy, and confusion. Clay’s process transforms small collages of hand-marbled paper into an immersive floor-to-ceiling environment which she creates digitally, and then translates back into a physical space; or in this instance: a virtual space. The wallpaper installations acquire a double layer of illusionistic yet improbable spaces floating on a background of seemingly never-ending undulating stripes of colour.
The works on paper are part of a body of work which show sculptural forms on a flat surface, and which, like the wallpaper, are suggestive of her work in further dimensions; they hint at the shapes’ physicality suggested by the wallpaper, whose architectural arches, columns, and possible edifices are nonetheless patently unreal. The oneiric spaces turn the vision into pathways through time, space, and scale, in which the viewers are asked to continually reposition themselves, at once playful and spiritual.
With these works she is exploring how the psyche can manifest itself in architectural forms, inspired by Jung’s description of his seminal dream, his dream house, which inspired his idea of the collective unconscious. The idea that a house reflects our psyche and the different layers correspond to archetypal inhabitants of our own psychology. She is also drawing from imagery of Ka doors from Egyptian and Etruscan tombs, these false doors were thought to create a passageway between the spiritual world and the physical realm. Many of the doorways are knotted or obstructed, referencing Celtic knots and knot patterns in Roman decorative floor mosaics.
About the artist:
Lauren Clay (b.1982) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007, and BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta; Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver; and Savannah College of Art and Design, with site specific installations at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; Arts Brookfield, NY; Art In Buildings, NY; and Paradise City, Seoul, South Korea. Press includes The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Artsy, Bomb Magazine, Art F City, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtInfo, Hi Fructose, and the Washington Post. Clay has been an artist in residence at Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY. Her editioned artist book, Subtle Body, published by Small Editions NY, is included in the library collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art.
London Collective on Vortic Collect
London Collective is a new section on the Vortic Collect app, bringing together 40 of the UK’s best commercial galleries to present exhibitions on the new extended reality app for the art world. London Collective consists of 40 art dealers and gallerists who came together in recognition that this is a defining moment of change in how art is accessed. Whilst a number of London galleries have recently reopened, travel and other restrictions mean many people are still unable to visit exhibitions in person. In the London Collective section of the Vortic Collect app, galleries will show specially curated presentations, providing them with an additional virtual space to complement their physical gallery programmes. The new initiative enables galleries to support one another by sharing their audiences and enables visitors to simulate the experience of visiting multiple London gallery locations.