Friday, April 04, 2014

Laura Lancaster: MTV RE:DEFINE Benefit Auction, Dallas

Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2013, Oil on Linen, 180 x 230 cm, 70 7/8 x 90 1/2 in



Friday 4th April

from 7pm, Dallas time

Dallas Contemporary

Auctioneer: Alexander Gilkes
Special guest: Jerry Hall



We are very proud to announce that Laura Lancaster has donated a large painting to the MTV RE:DEFINE auction benefiting the MTV Staying Alive Foundation - to be held tonight at Dallas Contemporary, curated by The Future Tense and Peter Doroshenko in collaboration with the Goss-Michael Foundation. 

"This painting was made from a found photograph of a 1940's snapshot, bought in an internet auction. The photograph stood out to me as I was struck by the surreal atmosphere of the image, with a teenage boy just standing there while birds come and land on him as if he is a statue or some kind of monument. Something about this made me really aware of the stillness of the photograph (monuments do not move but the world around them does), and I wanted to capture this. I was interested in creating a slow reveal of the image, with the birds only becoming apparent after looking at the image for a while. As with many of my other works I was looking to bury the image in the paint somehow, to be rediscovered later by the viewer." Laura Lancaster


Laura Lancaster's work in the auction:


Laura Lancaster was born in Hartlepool, UK in 1979 and lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Laura's work to date is extracted from an archive of anonymous photographs procured from thrift stores and flea markets. Mediated through painting her work transposes the forgotten and discarded snap-shots of strangers' lives into a ambiguous territory between abstraction and figuration. Divorcing her subjects from their specific context and time, Lancaster relocates them to a place of collective memory and experience that resonates with our own. Laura Lancaster's work oscillates between the nostalgic sentimentality of the celebratory moment, and the melancholic poignancy of the past. Lancaster's recent paintings mark a significant shift in scale and subject. Combining solitary figures and groups of people whose gaze confronts the viewer. These works are paintings of photographs as object, and a continuation of Lancaster's enquiry into deliberately ambiguous imagery that points towards a stranger, darker subtext.


Recent Exhibitions include: 'Private Utopia', British Council Collection Touring Exhibition, Japan; New Art Gallery Walsall, John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool Biennale 2012, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland, Museum of Modern Art St Etienne, Palazzo Della Arte Napoli, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Wooson Gallery, Korea; Musee d'art Moderne St Etienne, France and New Art Gallery Walsall, UK in 2015. Lancaster is represented by Workplace Gallery, UK.


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