Lauren Clay: Drishti

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Lauren Clay, Old enough to repaint but young enough to sell, 2012, acrylic, paper, wood, 18.625 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches, Courtesy of the Artist

Tri-State Area

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Grounds For Sculpture | 18 Fairgrounds Road

Lauren Clay’s interest is in challenging the parameters between painting and sculpture. She does this by forming unique physical and spatial relationships between object and color. Using the existing footprint of the mezzanine gallery, the artist carefully configured the placement of portable walls for this installation in order to focus the viewing experiences of the works. Her intent sets the stage for the Drishti, a Sanskrit word from yoga, which is the practice of using a controlled gaze to develop concentration to see the world as it really is. The drishti in Clay’s work uses a point of focus in each of the compositions. First, the walls were mounted with yards of digitally printed wallpaper derived from actual works on paper that Clay has painted using marbling techniques reaching back in history to Early American decoration. Then, three-dimensional constructions formed in paper pulp were carefully composed within the field of color. These mostly stark white forms consist of neatly patterned finger-like rows. The forms imply movement, some touching the floor, one freestanding. By creating the optically vivid contrast between the color patterns of the wall areas and the physicality of the cast forms, Clay seeks to engage the viewer in a focused visual and mental experience of the object positioned in the color field. As in yoga, Clay also sees these works as emblematic of the search for different ways of meditation, awareness, and mindfulness.

Also included in the exhibition is an installation of the artist’s works from 2012 when she first used decorative paper techniques to create small-scale renditions of the welded “Cubi” steel sculptures of David Smith.

Lauren Clay received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007, and a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art in 2004. She maintains her studio in Brooklyn and has shown her work recently in Chicago and New York City.





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