A couple years back, I visited Lauren Luloff's studio in Williamsburg to go to the opening of an HKJB group show that she was hosting. Since then, her space has been on my "dream studios" list. A drool still dangles every time I think of it. I had the pleasure of spending a day there with Lauren recently. The immense room she works in fills up with a lambent light at midday, flooding in from a large wall of windows that frame the trains that closely and frequently pass them by. A collection of plants, from succulents to vines, gather along the windows' edge turning a seductive dark green when the sun sneaks in past their growth. I could see clearly how her space must influence her work. I found a cozy couch that sat diagonally in the corner to set up for my drawing while Lauren worked on many large paintings that were spread out across the floor. It was a cold day, but I was kept warm by our conversation and the fabrics that piled up around me.
— she certainly seemed to be living her art. Her use of found bed sheets as a surface and bleach as a painting element blur the line of domesticity and art as the products morph into the artist's material. Even the kitchen has taken on the characteristics of her work, with its chipped, brightly painted walls and strong aging lines of architecture.
Alexander Nolan, who was taking a break from working on a painting he was doing of the kitchen. While we ate, Lauren told me about her stay in an Indian village called Ajrakpur (near Bhuj in the northwestern state Gujarat) where she learned traditional block printing with natural vegetable dyes from Irfan Khatri. The whole village is an Islamic caste — all family — who block print in this tradition. Enriched by the stories of her experience, we returned to work. To check out more of Lauren's paintings go to http://laurenluloff.blogspot.com/
What a great studio, I love visiting artist studios. You learn so much.ReplyDelete
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