Sail Fast Cloud-Shadows and Sunbeams
Lauren Hall’s sculptures and installations examine travel, wonder and wilderness through proxies of touristic sites. Her exhibition Sail Fast Cloud-Shadows and Sunbeams imagines coloured sand, soap, and gold lighting panels as sites of natural phenomena. Humour is important in her work, and confusing irony with earnestness seems to be a central problem. She considers stereotypes, clichés, and accepted ideas of the outdoors through sunsets, mirages, and the northern lights. Approaching her work the way one would tackle the set of a school play, game show, or diorama, Hall offers a view that is mostly synthetic, half real, and quite far from the awe-inspiring sites she signals to.
LAUREN HALL received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 2006. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at Modern Fuel, Kingston; Peak Gallery, Toronto; Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an emerging artist grant from Ontario Arts Council. She was recently awarded a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center and is a former artist in residence at Ox-Bow School of the Arts. Reviews of her work have appeared in Canadian Art Online, The Toronto Star, C Magazine, and The Globe and Mail.