In Laura Lamiel’s post-minimalist sculpture, image-objects and installations, the ‘site’ not only shifts from the street to the studio to the exhibition space and back again - but these shifts are also then documented and integrated into the work itself. Each site is reflected and overlaid on each other producing works recording their on making and remaking, positioning and repositioning.
Emerging in the late 1980s and early 1990s in France, Lamiel gradually honed her aesthetic and material means. Since the late 1990s typical for her work are combinations of white enameled metal elements illuminated by fluorescent or neon lights in dialogue with found objects, studio equipment and supplies. Within the contemplative spaces of her own works Lamiel seeks what she calls ‘a formal shock’ – for example when pure rational forms meet ephemera or intuitively-driven elements. For the artist the studio also has the same degree of artificiality and possibility of the white cube exhibition space.
‘Site-Shift’ (Silberkuppe, 2013) is her first solo show in Germany. The especially installed grey floor echoes that of her own working space on the periphery of Paris. Significant in Lamiel’s work is her object or thing-based use of photography. As in Ur-Minimalism which recalibrated the relationship between painting and sculpture – positing an expanded field for art beyond these categories, in Lamiel’s work documentation or installation photography (a category often too little considered) undergoes a similar reformulation.
Ein Stuck eigenen Boden mitbringen
26 April - 26 May 2013