Gasworks presents the first solo exhibition in London by Lauren Gault, a Glasgow-based artist born in Belfast. Experimenting with unorthodox materials, techniques and manufacturing processes, Gault explores the transitions between different states of matter and non-human scales of time, while considering the ethical and political implications of our interactions with the environment.
In her sculptures, materials as diverse as polished horn, blown glass, pumped air, light, water or agricultural milk powder are transformed by actions involving pressure, tension and release. Her work evokes intangible encounters between radically different materialities, creating a space for objects to communicate and resonate with one another.
Following her residency at Gasworks which took place between April and June 2019, the artist continues her empirical research and studio-based experiments concerning material suspension and boundary dissolution. As a point of departure for her new body of work, Gault is researching on the writings of Irish-born early explorer, writer and self-educated scientist Martha Craig (born around 1875), including unpublished manuscripts and rare editions of her lectures on the aurora borealis and the ability for materials to ‘travel’.
A distant relative of the artist, Martha Craig’s forgotten 1907 science-fiction novel, Men on Mars (anonymously published under a mysterious pseudonym, ‘Mithra’), and her visionary ideas about physics will form the basis for Gault’s forthcoming exhibition at Gasworks.
Lauren Gault's exhibition is commissioned and produced by Gasworks. She 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 at Gasworks. The previous participants were Jamie Crewe, Rachal Bradley and Libita Clayton.
Lauren Gault's exhibition will later travel to The Tetley in Leeds.
Gasworks commissions are supported by Catherine Petitgas and Gasworks Exhibitions Supporters.
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 (both 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 (all 2017); Glasgow International (2016); Frutta, Rome; Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh; CCA Glasgow (all 2015); SALTS, Basel (2014).