INDIANAPOLIS, IND.- The Indianapolis Museum of Art
presents the work of Indianapolis-based artist Lauren Zoll in an exhibition titled Something is, which is on display in the Carmen & Mark Holeman Gallery November 16, 2012, through April 14, 2013. A multidisciplinary conceptual artist, Zolls past work includes video, photography, sculpture, painting and performance as well as collections of found objects that explore the cultural associations and material limits of non-art items.
The IMA is excited to feature the work of Lauren Zoll, who is a shining example of Indianapolis-based talent, said Amanda York, curatorial assistant for the IMAs department of contemporary art. This exhibition showcases Zolls multidisciplinary and experimental practice, while offering visitors a way to engage the variable artworks that comprise Something is.
Something is features a newly commissioned body of work that explores the relationships between painting and video. Numerous large-scale paintings, videos and a collage affixed directly to the gallery wall form an immersive and variable installation. To create each large-scale painting, Zoll poured approximately 10 gallons of glossy black latex paint on a 4-foot by 8-foot sheet of drywall. The layers of paint cured over time and developed different textures in reaction to the various climates of the artists studio, resulting in a sensuously textured and highly reflective surface.
Zoll began filming the glossy surfaces, focusing her camera on the dynamic, flickering and colorful reflections that came from the surrounding environment. Some videos are carefully orchestrated, and consist of the reflections of the artists movements or collection of colorful everyday materials in her studio. In one video, Zoll mounted one of the black paintings to the roof of her car along with a video camera and captured the reflections of Indianapolis cityscape at night. Shown on LED flat screens, the videos become animated paintings that then reflect back onto the black paintings themselves, creating new abstract imagery on the surface.
The paintings allow the viewers to see themselves, the constructed environment and the videosall simultaneously, Zoll states. The paintings act in a similar way to flat panel monitors, functioning as a window to see other objects, colors, and spaces. While one is looking at the painting, they see the gallery around it.
For Something is, Zoll drew inspiration from a wide range of literary and artistic sources, including the writings of French author Émile Zola (18401902), whose 1873 novel The Belly of Paris brings to life the bustling Parisian marketplace of Les Halles through obsessive description of sights, sounds and smells. Something is proposes an open-ended investigationthe title itself is the start of a phrase to be completed by exhibition visitors as they interpret the foreign environment of the installation within the gallery.
Lauren Zolls works have been included in exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University; Ise Cultural Center in New York, N.Y.; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; DaimlerChrysler offices in Farmington Hills, Mich.; Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit; and the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, N.M. Zoll is a recipient of the Indiana Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Bertha Anolic Fine Art Travel Award and a Merit scholarship for Ox-Bow workshops from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Zoll is an adjunct professor at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art after earning a BFA from The College of Santa Fe. Zoll lives and works in Indianapolis.