TRANCE

LAUREN SATLOWSKI

JANUARY 25 – MARCH 8, 2014

Rich with associative qualities, the common figurine evokes connotations both personal and collective. In her work, Lauren Satlowski adopts the figurine as a cultural norm that can be dismantled and reconstructed. Satlowski’s paintings and objects aim to suspend the viewer in a state of uncertainty. Unable to reconcile their own attraction/repulsion toward the subject, viewers find themselves experiencing a cyclical interaction with the painted image or inanimate object.

Satlowski’s sculpted figurines question the role a collectible object plays for its owner. Hinting at a material likeness to paraphernalia associated with the psychedelic experience, the objects possess qualities that are both lowbrow and fetishistic. Tapping into the psychology of the collector, they pose the question: can an object possess transcendent qualities?

In Satlowski’s paintings, the picture plane becomes a channel for describing an alternate reality and the figurine becomes a stand-in for the human body. Utilizing theatrical props such as costume and colored lights, Satlowski constructs an identity and environment that allows the subject to exceed its mass-produced origin, becoming iconic and singular. In this process, a true transformation occurs as the familiar object becomes host to the unknown.

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