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Lauren Wy

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Artist / Northwestern MFA 2020

Interested in identity and self-presentation as they relate to power relationships, cult and tribal grouping, femme presentation, ritual and the solipsistic need to touch each other

Lauren Wy, Series of drawings, Athens Biennale 2018, photo Nysos Vasilopoulos
Lauren Wy, Shapeshifters, 2018 Oil crayon on paper, 24.13 × 33 cm, photo Nysos Vasilopoulos

Series of drawings, 2014-2018

Lauren Wy is using the modest material of crayon on paper of an equally modest scale in order to unfold personal stories of the most intimate nature. In her stories, affection is turned into submission and tenderness into dominance. Foreplay and cuddling, groups lounging after intercourse, alternate with masochistic games and orgies. The naked bodies in extreme bright colors, without inhibitions, playful, content. At the same time, these mute characters seem dangerous in the extreme acting out of their fantasies and in their obliviousness of the surrounding conservative ambience, as they lay, insulated in their capsule world. Are we voyeurs peeping into Wy’s cult, into her mind games, or both? Is it a pan-hedonistic secret community we are witnessing or a disclosed treasury of repressed fantasies?

 

#fantasy #sm #sex #submission #ritual #secret #expressionism #actout 


photo #1: Lauren Wy, Series of drawings, 2014/2018, 6th Athens Biennale ANTI
photo #2: Lauren Wy, Shapeshifters, 2018, Oil crayon on paper, 24.13 × 33 cm
photographer: Nysos Vasilopoulos

 

A little too much, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 20.32 × 26.67 cm
At Dawn, Dance, 2016
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 30.5 cm
Beat March, 2014
Oil crayon on paper, 28 × 36 cm
Calamine Fine, 2017
Oil crayon on paper, 17.78 × 22.86 cm
Caleb, 2018
Oil crayon on hand dyed paper,
27.94 × 38.1 cm
Capturer, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 20.32 × 26.67 cm
Counter, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 20.32 × 26.67 cm
Cradle, 2018
Oil crayon on hand dyed paper,
20.32 × 26.67 cm
Double Figment, 2018
Oil crayon on hand dyed paper,
20.32 × 26.67 cm
End to End (Orange Rust Walls), 2016
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 30.5 cm
Exotemplete Touch, 2017
Oil crayon drawing on paper, 24.13 × 33 cm
Eyes of My Own, 2017
Oil crayon on paper, 17.78 × 22.86 cm
False Half, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 26.67 × 20.32 cm
F-ing, 2016
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 30.5 cm
Further Fallen, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 26.67 × 20.32 cm
Green Room, 2014
Oil crayon on paper, 28 × 36 cm
Half Pipe Imbued, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 26.67 × 20.32 cm
Hallway, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 26.67 × 20.32 cm
Hymnals, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 20.32 × 26.67 cm
Imbue, 2017
Oil crayon on paper, 23 × 18 cm
Initiate Release, 2018
Oil crayon on hand dyed paper,
30.48 × 22.86 cm
Joyride, 2014
Oil crayon drawing on paper, 35.56 × 28 cm
Little Boy Puby, 2014
Oil crayon on paper, 28 × 36 cm
Looser, 2017
Oil crayon on paper, 24.13 × 33 cm
Night Worship (green top/purple pants), 2016
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 29.21 cm
Night Worship, 2015
Oil crayon drawing on paper, 40.64 × 29.21 cm
Offer, 2018
Oil wax crayon on hand dyed paper,
26.67 × 20.32 cm
Pinned, 2018
Oil wax crayon on paper, 20.32 × 26.67 cm
Ritual Violence, Ultra Control, 2018
Oil wax crayon on paper, 20.32 × 26.67 cm
See me, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 22.86 × 34.29 cm
Senders, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 26.67 × 20.32 cm
Shapeshifters, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 24.13 × 33 cm
Sipping from a Touch Rug (Ephesians 2), 2017
Oil wax crayon on paper, 24.13 × 33 cm
Sofa to Nowhere, undated
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 30.5 cm
T’s Crowd, or In Crowd, 2017
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 30.5 cm
The Gift, 2016
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 30.5 cm
Thylacine, 2015
Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 29.21 cm
Unhate, 2018
Oil crayon on paper, 26.67 × 20.32 cm
Untitled Red Wall, 2017
Oil crayon on paper, 30.48 × 22.86 cm
Watch Pool, 2016
Oil crayon on paper, 29.21 × 40.64 cm
Witnessed Three (Ephesians 3), 2017
Oil wax crayon on paper, 24.13 × 33 cm
Courtesy of the artist
Fri 02 Nov 2018
16:00
Talk
Artist talk
by
Lauren Wy

Esperia Palace, KINO, 1st floor

"My recent body of work is an exploration of a partially imagined pseudo-narrative netherworld haunted by some unidentified collective trauma. A series of lush scenes bathed in personal secrets. I am interested in identity and self-presentation as they relate to power relationships, cult and tribal grouping, femme presentation, ritual and the solipsistic need to touch each other."

- Lauren Wy