August 8-29, 2015
Opening Reception August 8th, 6:00-9:00PM
Artist Talk August 15th, 2:00PM (Gallery Hours 1:00-6:00PM)
Art Detroit Now's Third Thursday August 20th, 6:00-9:00PM
Hatch Art Gallery, 3456 Evaline St. Hamtramck, MI 48212
Gallery Hours Saturdays, August 15th, 22nd & 29th, 1:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Former Self and a Bright Future is a synthesis of various materials, objects and imagery, from which to explore connections between humanity’s past, present and future. The title of the show itself creates a Janus face; one side looking backwards/inwards towards the past and the other, forwards/outwards, towards a potential future. As in previous exhibitions, an emphasis is placed on the fragment instead of a cohesive whole, on the asking of questions instead of the finding of answers. Rather than existing linearly, visual information is anachronistic. A continued rumination on nostalgia, invention, progress, aesthetics, language, mythology, individual and collective identities, as well as binary systems, Former Self and a Bright Future questions the way objects can be arranged to convey meaning and what it means to be human in our contemporary climate.
Lauren Rice received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from American University in Washington, DC. Her solo exhibitions include Tools for Better Living at Popps Packing (Detroit, MI), Doubleness at COOP Gallery (Nashville, TN), Heirlooms at Transformer (Washington, DC), Heirlooms at The South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN) and Vestiges at Org Contemporary (Detroit, MI). She has had collaborative exhibitions with Brian Barr at Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Flashpoint Gallery (Washington, DC) and Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space (New York, NY). Recent group exhibitions include Trash4Gold at The Spring/Break Art Show (New York, NY), Abstracticus at Passenger (Detroit, MI) Off the Wall, Mirus Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Miami University’s 2012 Young Painter’s Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award, (Oxford, OH) and Art on Paper 2010 at the Weatherspoon Museum of Art (Greensboro, NC). Rice has been a fellow at The Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA and her work has been published in New American Paintings, edition 118. Rice lives and works in Richmond, Virginia where she is an Assistant Professor of Painting and New Media at Longwood University.