Lawrence Carroll, Untitled (hinge painting), 2013, oil on canvas on wood
35 x 53 x 71 cm
The Buchmann Gallery is pleased to announce Back to the Cave, a new exhibition of works by Lawrence Carroll (*1954 in Melbourne).
Following the presentation of large-format works at this year's Biennale in Venice, Back to the Cave sees Lawrence Carroll focusing on smaller, object-based pieces.
The show will feature three new types of pictures that were developed in an intensive process over the past few months in his studio in Marquette, Michigan: the Slide Paintings, Hinge Paintings and Tube Paintings.
Lawrence Carroll's works straddle the boundary between painting and sculpture with a very poetic, sometimes even autobiographical presence. In his work he develops a pictorial language based on a system of different typologies. Since the 1990s the artist has created around a dozen different picture genres. The names and descriptions indicate, for example, the working process, such as Cut Paintings, Insert Paintings and Stacked Paintings, or give the pictures a character, such as Sleeping Paintings and Freezing Paintings. The names also reflect the presentation itself, as in the Shelf Paintings, Corner Paintings or Table Paintings.
Lawrence Carroll also uses the pictures as a foil for his paintings, always creating a reference to the shape of the object, and hence also to the observer and the room. The artist describes this as follows:
"When I started moving the works around in my studio, I became familiar with paintings leaning against the wall or on each other, or even laying horizontally on the floor. Even these casual placements in my studio, which happened in part for practical reasons, entered my work, became part of its content. The various placements created different tensions. The works started to feel different. Each placement created a psychology. The room would breathe differently depending upon the placements." (Lawrence Carroll, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, exh.cat., Ostfildern-Ruit, 1998)
Lawrence Carroll's works have recently been featured in shows at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; at Casal Solleric in Palma de Mallorca; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City; and the Biennale in Venice.