Lauren Luloff: Heliotrope

Lauren Luloff, Dark Blue with Begonias, 2014, bleached bedsheets and fabric, 89
Lauren Luloff, Dark Blue with Begonias, 2014, bleached bedsheets and fabric, 89 x 58 inches (courtesy of Halsey McKay Gallery)

Kendra Jayne Patrick writes about the work of Lauren Luloff on the occasion of the recent exhibition Heliotrope at Halsey McKay Gallery.

Patrick writes: "Reviewing the way that Luloff has explored domesticity — arguably her portfolio’s seminal concept — provides useful insight into the way that she commands in tandem the various aspects of her practice. The regularly occurring motif fascinates the patient artist, and she has spent years surveying its contours. During our lively conversation in her rather dreamy Bushwick studio, Luloff says, “the idea of the domestic has always been important, has always been a huge focus for me…the idea of a peaceful home or a disturbed home… I feel like, in one way or another, I make a lot of home environments.” In its fundamental-most, literal-most iteration, domesticity is imbued into Luloff’s practice by way of the swaths of used bed sheets included in every piece; they conjure for the audience thoughts of sensation, of sex and skin and comfort, and, perhaps most significantly to Luloff, life lived."

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