Lauren Gault considers the political and ethical implications of our interactions with matter and the environment. Her work evokes intangible encounters with non-human experiences of time, space and physicality. In her sculptures, materials as diverse as silicone rubber, blown glass, pumped air, stitched suede, water or agricultural milk powder are subject to change through actions and physical processes that often involve pressure, tension and release. Exploring the transitions between different states of matter and scales of experience, Lauren's work creates a space for objects to communicate and resonate with one another.
Following her residency at Gasworks from April to June 2019, Lauren will continue her empirical research and studio-based experiments concerning material suspension and boundary dissolution. She will also research on the writings of little known Irish-born early explorer, writer and scientist Martha Craig (b. c1875), looking at her texts and lectures on the aurora borealis, material dissolve and the ability for materials to 'travel'.
This exhibition will later travel to The Tetley in Leeds.
Lauren Gault is a Glasgow-based artist born in Belfast. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Workbench, Milan; Grand Union, Birmingham (2019); CCA Derry~Londonderry (2018); Prairie Underground, Seattle (2017); Rinomina, Paris (2016). Her work has been featured at Glasgow International (with Sarah Rose, 2018); ØY Festival, Papa Westray, Orkney; Baltic 39, Newcastle (2017); Glasgow International (2016); Frutta, Rome; Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh; CCA Glasgow (2015); SALTS, Basel (2014).
Lauren Gault is the fourth artist to take part in the Freelands Gasworks Partnership, a programme for emerging artists based outside of London. Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Freelands Foundation, the programme combines a three-month residency with a solo exhibition and series of public events at Gasworks and will then travel to another venue outside London. The previous participants were Jamie Crewe, Rachal Bradley and Libita Clayton.