Monthly Archives: August 2018
We are pleased to present Lauren Drescher “LUMINARIES” at THE GILDED OWL. Opening August 4th and running through September 9th at our 105 Warren Street gallery.
I have a been a collector for as long as I can remember. I am fascinated by objects which have a history, give insight into the past and have a story tell. I travel quite a bit, collecting wherever I go, disparate objects accumulate until I have a clear idea of what they will become.
As a printmaker, I am always seeking out old paper for example, antique ledgers which frequently become the staring point for new work. In particular, I love old handwriting ,spilled ink, the sense of marking time, of taking stock. Mundane as it may seem, there is something wonderful and relevant about the quotidian .
As farmers keep notes of crops and weather, store keepers record accounts and housewives mark daily travails and write lists, these documents reveal so much of their makers and capture moments in time. I avidly collect old childrens’ notebooks filled with alphabets written in shaky loopy letters, mistakes and doodles in the margins, the innocent attempts at rendering objects. I find these books full of riches.
The series Luminaries began with a 19th century French pharmacy ledger. Having long been inspired by the practice of creating a likeness with cut silhouettes I felt it relevant to use this book to incorporate a 19th century practice. This starting point evolved into silhouette like portraits in relief print. The prints were then collaged with a wealth of ephemera including children’s notebook pages , historic maps, letters, receipts, antique marbled paper, stamps etc. All collage materials used come from this period.
The personages featured are both celebrated and unknown, all created from 19th century and early 20 century sources. The portraits were finished in 22k gold by master guilder Sarah Guppy.
Bêtes Humaines is a series of drypoint etchings incorporating drawing and watercolor. In this collection both real and imagined characters invoke mythological archetypes. Familiar creatures are juxtaposed with unusual metamorphoses. There is reference to our lost connections with nature and the realm of the sentient.
In Deities, the gathering and repurposing of found objects continues. The collection of Victorian hand mirrors is each adorned with enamelled gods’ eyes discovered while traveling in India. These eyes are ubiquitous, adorning gods and roadside shrines. It seems one is never alone. Here assemblages speak of the power of icons, sentience and the recognition of the self thru the divine.
“We are neither men nor women, we are gods” unknown Hejira, Old Delhi
“I’m nobody who are you?” Emily Dickinson
Lauren Drescher “LUMINARIES” runs through September 9th.
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