The Karsten Greve Gallery is pleased to present the second one-man show of the works of Lawrence Carroll. For this occasion, the artist has worked on a collection of new works that include both monumental and small format paintings along with a few sculptures.
Lawrence Carroll’s paintings are more like paintings / objects than canvasses in their traditional two-dimensional sense. They are closer to being constructions in which Lawrence Carroll integrates objects, either in the thickness of the work, or in the surface. These latter are comprised of inlays and layerings that create an architecture of surface from forms that are cobbled together or “repaired” as the artist likes to say. These works, which at first appear monochromatic with light tones, reveal diverse nuances ranging from beige to brown and yellow. The surface is animate and fractured by a network of lines determining different zones of varying sizes that overlap with one another.
The work cannot be approached in a complete way by a frontal vision as its composition and structure conceal several levels of readings that require the spectator to accord meticulous attention to it in order to discover the sometimes hidden constituent elements of the work. Lawrence Carroll thus obliges the spectator to move around the space of the work in order to grasp it in its entirety.
Lawrence Carroll deploys an “aesthetic of scraps” by using ordinary objects and scraps in his works such as old, patched up shoes, flowers coated in paint, bits of bread or canvas and paper glued or stapled to the surface of his paintings. These added objects are for the most part recognisable, but are sometimes simple abstract forms. Like silent still lifes, Lawrence Carroll’s works recall both Rauschenberg and Morandi and transmit the interior beauty of the simplest objects and things.
The position and the orientation of elements within the work play a decisive role and one that goes beyond the aspect of the composition. By placing the work in a very precise way within the space of the room – at times resting on the floor, at times hanging on the wall at very different heights or placed in the corner of the room - Lawrence Carroll creates a close relationship between the work and the surrounding space.
Born in Melbourne in 1954, Lawrence Carroll spent his childhood in California. Today he lives and works in Los Angeles and Venice, Italy. He has participated in numerous one-man shows and group shows around the world since the end of the 1980’s. His works are exhibited in several international public collections like the Guggenheim in New York, the MOCA in Los Angeles, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and numerous European museums and prestigious private collections.