September 19, 2011 Comments Off on Welcome LAUREN ADAMS!

Artist Lauren Adams will be our first guest of the year! To learn more about her go to her website at : http://www.lfadams.com/

Lauren Frances Adams is an artist from North Carolina who currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. Lauren’s artwork primarily features painting, drawing, printmaking and sometimes video and performance in the context of installation works. Her interests include political propaganda, the history of decorative arts, and the work of the Russian Revolutionary artists of the early 20th century.

Adams’ work is inspired by topical issues, especially relating to agriculture, labor, the American military, colonialism and capitalism. Her work visualizes social and political hierarchies, with a goal to disarm the viewer and reveal unexpected associations and collusions. Adams achieve this via research into historical decorative forms, appropriating from diverse fields, such as French toile and Soviet avant-garde ‘agit-porcelain.’ The artist employs subversive tension between domestic decoration and topical propaganda. Humor is an important element in her practice, seeking to highlight historical and contemporary discrepancies, using culture against itself through ornamental appropriation. The materials are typically ephemeral, or utilize the prototype as a way to comment upon capitalist culture.

Her work has been shown at the Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh), Fraction Workspace (Chicago), and in a defunct ex-Turkish bath in Belgrade, Serbia.  Notable exhibitions include installations at the CUE Art Foundation in Chelsea, New York, and at an alternative artist-run venue, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, in Oakland, California. She has traveled extensively to study the contemporary art of Mexico and Western Europe. She is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant, and a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In the summer of 2010 she held a residency at the Cite International in Paris, France, studying French textiles and ornamental decoration.

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