Jun 22, 2012
WHEN: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
WHERE: 1708 Gallery
1708 Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition, Avery Lawrence is Moving a Tree and Arranging Suitcases, on view June 22 through August 4, 2012, featuring the work of New Orleans-based artist Avery Lawrence. Please join us at the opening reception on Friday, June 22 for a performance by the artist. Lawrence will also be performing at the exhibition’s closing on Friday, August 3.
With an interdisciplinary studio practice bridging video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance, Lawrence creates works that consider the absurd and futile as metaphors for disintegration as well as our best efforts at preservation. In Moving a Tree, one character fells a dying walnut tree while another painstakingly reconstructs it. In Arranging Suitcases, three characters haul different parts of a set of suitcases across train tracks and canals, finally uniting to reveal their contents. Through these surreal narratives, drawings and sculptural objects, Lawrence explores themes of affection, disorder, persistence and failure.
Avery Lawrence was born in Charlottesville and holds a BA in Visual Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Lawrence is the founder of The Pomp, an experimental print shop and studio in Charlottesville, and has exhibited at the (E)merge Art Fair, SCOPE Miami and Heiner Contemporary in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of the SCOPE Foundation Award and was recently named one of the “100 Under 100 Art Superstars of the South” by Oxford American magazine. Lawrence lives and works in New Orleans, LA. For more information about Lawrence, please visit his website averylawrence.com.
1708 Gallery is a non-profit arts organization founded by artists in 1978. Our mission is to present exceptional new art. 1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public. For more information about 1708 Gallery and this exhibition, please visit www.1708gallery.org