Lauren Kalman

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit, whose practice is rooted in contemporary craft, sculpture, video, photography and performance. Through performances using her body, her work investigates constructions of the ideal and the feminine and their impacts on self-image and identity, the politics of craft, and the built environment. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Cranbrook Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Mint Museum, World Art Museum in Beijing, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, and the Korean Ceramics Foundation.

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Flourish (1)

Date of Creation: October 1, 2021

List of Materials: Gold-plated copper and bronze

Dimensions: 10x8x8"

Photographer's Name: Lauren Kalman

Model's Name: n/a

Conceptual Statement: Flourish is comprised of jewelry-based objects and images. My body is the location for these site-specific interactions, as it is for almost all of my work. The gold jewelry-like objects are intended to reference bodily fluids or sensations expressed during states of repulsion, discomfort, and sadness. Snot bubbles, sweat, tears, vomit. The word flourish has multiple meanings. It describes the ornamental metal components making up the objects. But to flourish also means to thrive, and in this work its use is intended to contrast the bodily fluids hinted at through the objects. The objects are shiny and ornamental like costume jewelry, but the form, vomit, drool, tears, indicate states of distress. The figure in the video is also not thriving but is rather ambivalent or even approaching a state of languish. So, while the title points to prospering, the imagery contradicts that meaning.

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Flourish (6)

Date of Creation: 01/10/2021

List of Materials: Gold-plated copper

Dimensions: 2x2x.5"

Photographer's Name: Lauren Kalman

Model's Name: n/a

Conceptual Statement: Flourish is comprised of jewelry-based objects and images. My body is the location for these site-specific interactions, as it is for almost all of my work. The gold jewelry-like objects are intended to reference bodily fluids or sensations expressed during states of repulsion, discomfort, and sadness. Snot bubbles, sweat, tears, vomit. The word flourish has multiple meanings. It describes the ornamental metal components making up the objects. But to flourish also means to thrive, and in this work its use is intended to contrast the bodily fluids hinted at through the objects. The objects are shiny and ornamental like costume jewelry, but the form, vomit, drool, tears, indicate states of distress. The figure in the video is also not thriving but is rather ambivalent or even approaching a state of languish. So, while the title points to prospering, the imagery contradicts that meaning.

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Flourish (8)

Date of Creation: 01/10/2021

List of Materials: Gold-plated copper

Dimensions: 6x6x1"

Photographer's Name: Lauren Kalman

Model's Name: n/a

Conceptual Statement: Flourish is comprised of jewelry-based objects and images. My body is the location for these site-specific interactions, as it is for almost all of my work. The gold jewelry-like objects are intended to reference bodily fluids or sensations expressed during states of repulsion, discomfort, and sadness. Snot bubbles, sweat, tears, vomit. The word flourish has multiple meanings. It describes the ornamental metal components making up the objects. But to flourish also means to thrive, and in this work its use is intended to contrast the bodily fluids hinted at through the objects. The objects are shiny and ornamental like costume jewelry, but the form, vomit, drool, tears, indicate states of distress. The figure in the video is also not thriving but is rather ambivalent or even approaching a state of languish. So, while the title points to prospering, the imagery contradicts that meaning.

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