Lauren Walker - TA(I)L(E)S
June 21 - July 21, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, June 21st from 5 to 8 pm.
Artist in Attendance.
Lauren Walker was born in Montreal but when she was six, her family moved to Yarmouth, NS. She has her B.F.A from the Alberta College of Art + Design and has been showing with the Herringer Kiss Gallery since 2011. Her work has been widely collected including Encana Corporation, Cenovus Energy, Bennett Jones LLP, The Calgary Winter Club and Global Affairs, Canada (Foreign Embassies). She recently showed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for which she also did an artist talk.
Lauren Walker’s work consistently explores the study of identity, perception of self, and sense of place. Her paintings consciously incorporate feminist themes, as evidenced in her earlier work, which included aspects of quilting and textile patterns. Now, with her new series, she borrows imagery from nature as well as elements of the human experience of women today. Lauren’s mixed media paintings are a playful balancing act between very geometric forms and a more painterly expression of organic shapes. She uses texture, pattern and a vacillating treatment of mediums to create a push-and-pull between negative and positive spaces, while also abstracting imagery triggering visual associations for the viewer.
In her new body of work, Lauren studies defense mechanisms and displays of attraction both in nature and within the human experience. Conceptually this series grapples with the tension between strength and vulnerability. Her pieces combine elements of protective behaviors and adaptations, in contrast with visual displays of attraction. This series challenges the viewer to contemplate beauty in the struggle to survive, as well as ugliness in the pursuit of achieving the unattainable status quo of desirability.
Here are a few sneak peeks of works in progress for the upcoming solo exhibit, "TA(I)L(E)S" at Herringer Kiss Gallery this June!
9th Annual Art for Food Show and Sale in Support of the Calgary Food Bank
July 5 – August 6, 2017
Artists include Eric Louie, Lauren Walker, Fiona Ackerman, Angela Grossmann, Joe Fleming and Rhys Douglas Farrell.
Help support the Calgary Food Bank through the Herringer Kiss Gallery's 9th Annual Art for Food Group Show and Sale. For the duration of the exhibition, the Herringer Kiss Gallery will donate funds to the Calgary Food Bank towards purchase of emergency food hampers for needy families. For each $500 of art sold, Herringer Kiss Gallery will purchase an emergency food hamper which will supply a family of four with the required food necessities for one entire week. In the past 8 years, we have fed over 200 families! We will also be taking cash donations so please come by and help our neighbors!
The exhibition also raises awareness about the Calgary Food Bank and who they help with stats and facts displayed on the wall next to the artwork. For example, did you know that 40% of Calgary Food Bank clients are children and that the Calgary Food Bank provides 262 emergency food hampers per day? 1 in 3 are laid off workers looking for jobs and 1 in 3 are on fixed government benefits.