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Lawrence Carroll


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Lawrence Carroll’s paintings are more like painted objects than canvasses in their traditional two-dimensional sense. The work cannot be approached in its entirety from a frontal standpoint as its composition and structure conceal several levels of readings. They are closer to being painterly constructions in which Lawrence Carroll integrates objects, either within the structure of the work or on the surface. The latter are comprised of inlays and layers that create a surface architecture of forms that are cobbled together or “repaired”, as the artist likes to say. Lawrence Carroll deploys an “aesthetic of scraps” by using ordinary objects and scraps in his works such as old, patched-up shoes, flowers coated in paint, bits of bread or canvas and paper glued or stapled to the surface of his paintings. At first the works appear monochromatic with light tones, but reveal diverse nuances ranging from beige to brown, blue and yellow.
Born in Melbourne in 1954, Lawrence Carroll spent his childhood in California and studied at the  Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 1988 his first solo show was presented in New York followed by his first international exhibtion, together with Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman and Robert Ryman among others, curated by Harald Szeeman at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. He has participated in numerous one-man shows and group shows around the world since the end of the 1980s. He participated in the documenta 9 in Kassel and at the Venice Biennale 2013 at the Pavilion of the Holy See. His works are exhibited in several international public collections including the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and  the Museum Folkwang Essen (1994). Lawrence Carroll died in May 2019 in Cologne, Germany.

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