Monday, September 21, 2015

Grounds for Sculpture Drishti Exhibit - Lauren Clay

I mentioned last week in my post about Jae Ko's Selections that there were two paper art exhibits at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey when I visited recently. Drishti - a yoga and meditation term meaning focused gaze - was the title of Brooklyn artist Lauren Clay's show.

Drishti Exhibit by Lauren Clay at Grounds for Sculpture

Lauren is both a painter and sculptor with degrees in painting and printmaking. I remembered her name from the collaborative exhibit Paperwork in 3D at Shelburne Museum in Vermont several years ago. For Drishti, Lauren arranged portable walls of the exhibit space in such a way as to assist the viewer's gaze to take in the central element of each art piece.

Drishti Exhibit by Lauren Clay at Grounds for Sculpture

The backgrounds featured digitally printed wallpapers that originated from paintings Lauren had created with marbling techniques.

Drishti Exhibit by Lauren Clay at Grounds for Sculpture

The fingerlike focal points were composed of molded paper pulp that conveyed movement, as if challenging the viewer to hold their gaze, thereby increasing concentration and awareness.

Decorative Paper Sculptures by Lauren Clay at Grounds for Sculpture

Also included in the exhibition was a glass case in which several of Lauren's much smaller art pieces were displayed. These were works from 2012 when she was first using decorative paper and painting techniques.
 Decorative Paper Sculptures by Lauren Clay at Grounds for Sculpture

The colorful and beautifully constructed forms were inspired by David Smith's Cubi steel sculptures and are composed of acrylic, paper, and wood. Initially intended to have been exhibited at Grounds for Sculpture a few years ago, a copyright tiff delayed the display until this spring. I'm glad the controversy was resolved as studying these delightful sculptures definitely added to my enjoyment of the now-closed show.

Decorative Paper Sculptures by Lauren Clay at Grounds for Sculpture

Sight Unseen recently featured Lauren Clay's work. Her website is Doublefluff.

2 comments:

Honey's Quilling said...

Interesting! The digitally printed wallpaper must be really interesting to see up close, all those details from the marbling

Ann Martin said...

Yes, it made for a beautiful backdrop.

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