Lauren Clay’s sculptures and hand-marbled wallpaper installations mix organically folding curves with architectural references. Originating as white, tubular, and textured twists on the angular rigidity and slickness of Minimalism, Clay’s sculptures adopt pronounced references to space and the body, and add high color, rhythmic undulations, and curlicue flourishes. In tandem, her wallpaper installations, often positioned behind the sculptures, vibrate between flat and illusionistic space. The very idea of marbling – suggesting a stone’s striations via drops of paint on barely-there paper – shows the interplay inherent in Clay’s practice – combining painting, sculpture, architecture, and design to re-envision their potential for spatial contrast, fantasy, and confusion.
Lauren Clay lives and works in Brooklyn. She received a MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007, and BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta; Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver; and Savannah College of Art and Design, with site specific installations at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; Arts Brookfield, NY; Art In Buildings, NY; and Paradise City, Seoul, South Korea. Press includes The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Artsy, Bomb Magazine, Art F City, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtInfo, Hi Fructose, and the Washington Post. Clay has been an artist in residence at Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY. Her editioned artist book, Subtle Body, published by Small Editions NY, is included in the library collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art.