Offerings or Clusterfucks, a solo exhibition by Lauren Carter, strives to communicate ideas of vulnerability in the acts of giving and of receiving a gift, nostalgia, and the burden of sentimentality. This exhibition of mixed media sculptures highlights Carter’s interest in the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects and collectible kitsch. Aesthetically reminiscent of floral bouquets, altars, and roadside memorials; these works are amalgamations of found trinkets and saved personal items which are constructed with materials that expand, envelop, and coil to embody ambiguous narratives.
Lauren Carter (b. 1982) holds an MFA with Distinction from the University of New Mexico and a BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Painting and Metalwork. Primarily working in mixed media sculpture and installations, she often includes found objects and personal items that are synonymous with loss and sentimentality. Carter is a native of south Louisiana and presently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.
Selected exhibitions include: Static Cling, Heaven Gallery, Chicago IL; Front and Center: The Language of Furniture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL; Personal is Political, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA, Rendezvous, Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Suddenly Plastic, Chicago Artists’ Coalition; Iffy Conditions, GAG Gallery, Chicago; pre/proscribed. Gallery AC, Albuquerque, NM.