Lauren Rice: Heirlooms
February 5 - March 12, 2011
Transformer is proud to present the installation work of Detroit-based artist Lauren Rice in her first DC solo exhibition. Similarto set designs for theatrical events, the landscapes Rice creates inher sculptural work are fantastical - elements appear to collapse,levitate, burst and grow within the gallery space. With Heirlooms, Ricereferences gardens and flowers, while simultaneously vulgarizing theirtraditional preconceptions as feminine and romantic. The organic"flowers" are bulky blobs resting uncomfortably upon their armatures ofwooden dowels, wire, and cement. Each one original, these objectscrafted from window screen, newspaper, phone book pages, spray paint,and glue bear more of a resemblance to kudzu than a tended garden. Themonstrous vegetation entices the viewer while threatening to become ametaphor for disease and decay.