Exception: Works on Linen and Paper
Annette Lawrence may be inching towards paint, but her work remains firmly in the realm of drawing. Known for her permutations on calendars, Lawrence continues the theme in Exception: Works on Linen and Paper, her second solo exhibition at Conduit Gallery.
Lawrence considers all of her work to be, in and of, raw material. Her drawings are quantitative accounts of personal events and actions translated into data. In this series, the artist is mining her phone records and translating lengths of conversation into rectangular, circular, and linear, grids. Large chunks of filled-in areas represent hours of deep discussion, needle-thin slivers are momentary ‘hellos’ and check-ins. We can wonder what happened in these conversations, or we can simply imagine who we called (or didn’t call) that day. They can feel astrological in their comparisons of empirical data about dates and times of events.
Lawrence turns the intimate details of her personal life into anonymized, universal data as a way to allow the audience into the conversation. What remains are timestamps and metadata. Her visual language is analog touching the edges of the digital realm. Whether the image is graphed, cut, or coiled, 6 months of phone calls underlie the language and structure of the works in the show.
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