Paula Cortazar and Lauren Seiden

We are pleased to announced the duo show of Mexican artist Paula Cortazar (1991) and American artist Lauren Seiden (1991) in an all women exhibition entitled The Line In Between.

Paula’s work is mainly based on the search of drawings in nature. Through observation, she finds a graphic language that is constantly repeated; whether in a stone, on the wrinkled surface of a piece of paper, or simply hidden on some other exterior. Drawing is the tool that allows Cortazar to show and interpret the hidden graphic code of elements such as a tree or a river. This lines repetition is the proof that every element that surrounds us forms part of a whole. In this way, drawing works as a personal translation of a much more complex language. The relationship between opposite, like paper or stone, is revealed through drawing, suggesting the notion that materially we all belong to one origin and we all carry the same energy.

Lauren’s work explores the essential elements of process and materiality weighted by a conceptual anchor. Through an intuitive and intimate layering of graphite, she tests the conventions of drawing by breaking down or building up the surface in order to transform these materials into a physical, textural and structural form. These works create a balance of strength and fragility, allowing for necessary manipulation of the material in order to maintain stability. There is an equilibrium of loss and gain within the transformation; capturing fragile, temporary moments trapped in stasis. These sculptures create an environment of suspended time, in which materials defy the movements that natural forces like gravity should propel them into. Graphite pervades every surface; drawn into the grains of marble, floating atop a liquid pool, coating threads, and delicately spanning the webs of steel mesh. As these materials transition, they begin to masquerade as something new. The precarious nature of these materials, allow Seiden to inform herself as she creates; not seeking a specific outcome in any predetermined measure.

Private View:
14th June 2019
Exhibition:
15th June – 27th July 2019