ALUM AND ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: LAUREN BRITTON
(We mentioned Lauren as having a show at SUNY Purchase the other week, but a proper post is in order)
Lauren is a young painter who is already getting well-deserved recognition. A senior at Purchase, her work has already been shown at Weeknights Gallery (Now Associated Gallery in Bushwick), Redhook Exhibition Space in DUMBO, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, The Forum Art Space at SUNY Purchase, and will soon be exhibiting at Associated Gallery (more information about that when we get it!).
Lauren’s newest work is the framework for ”SHIFTER”, at Gallery 1989, Larchmont, NY, now through March 20th.
This is 1989’s Inaugural exhibition as a gallery, and I think it sets a promising tone for the space as a promoter for great emerging artists.
About this work (bolded for emphasis):
‘SHIFTER’ […] include[s] icons created by the painter to communicate an experience of the bodily on both large canvases and smaller pieces. The term ‘shifter’ is commonly applied to the deictic nature of personal pronouns. When specifying identity, perspective and context influence implications throughout discourse. The kind of ‘she’ that a drag queen is, is not congruent with the kind of ‘she’ that an identified woman is.
[…]Britton’s works evoke the bodily through color and texture, making many references to body parts, without naming them[…]
Painting about the feeling of what it is like to be in a transitioning body, Britton’s choice in medium reflects the notion and feeling of plasticity; the elasticity of skin, the stretchy plastic-‐paint, the compression shirts and plastic cocks commonly used for body modifications in the queer/trans experience.
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