Artist Statement.


I grew up in a floral immersed world, unwrapping, cleaning, and arranging flowers at my family’s flower shop in the San Fernando Valley. l loved spending mornings sweeping wet brick floors and discovering the detritus: cut stems, wet foam bricks, tired newspapers, and lost petals. Experimenting with the discarded artifacts of our flower shop floor became the flashpoint for my art. Flowers and their symbolism are frequently visited themes in my work. I’m fascinated by Birth, Love, and Death, the three main core experiences of humanity. My work is a reflection of my experience with these themes. I work with a variety of natural and artificial materials to make sculptures, paintings, photographs, installations, drawings, and videos to express my perspectives about the world in which we live, using whichever medium best represents my current concept. I see many layers of beautiful and grotesque images in the world around us. My work combines these disparate images in a dissonant way; in an exploration of the chaos and happenstance of modern life.

Bio.

Lauren Lavitt is a Los Angeles based artist working in mixed media. She grew up working in her family’s San Fernando Valley flower shop. Lavitt received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design and her MFA from UCLA. She is a recipient of the Abbey Award, a nine month residency at the British School at Rome. Following the residency, Lavitt returned to Los Angeles and has been teaching Art and Design at various levels – elementary through college.

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Education 

2002-2005 M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA
1998-2002 B.F.A. Otis College of Art and Design. Los Angeles, CA
Exhibitions
2021
Waiting Room. AJU. Los Angeles, CA
2020
Art Museum of South Texas Creative Distance. Online.
F. MAG Art Benefit Auction. Online.
2012 -2019
Studio Floret Pop Ups. Los Angeles, CA 
2011
Cellar Show. Flora Drop Performance. Los Angeles, CA 
2010
Infected Eye. Post Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
A​ccrochage. Ramiken Crucible. New York, NY
2009
Construct and Dissolve. Galerie Sabine​ ​Knust. Munich, DH
Tables and Chairs. Curated by Jedediah​ ​Caesar and Shana Lutker D'Amelio Terras.​ ​New York, NY 
Last Day Magic. Markers VII|53rd​ Venice Biennial Scala Mata Gallery. ​​Venice, IT
Haunted House. Curate by Colin Roberts​ ​and Jonah Olson. Los Angeles, CA
Lovable like Orphan Kitties and Bastard​ ​Children. The Green Gallery East. Milwaukee​, WI
Incognito. Santa Monica Museum of Art. Santa Monica, CA
J​acked Up Blazer Performance. Silver Lake​ ​Lounge. Los Angeles, CA
SCAPE. Bandit Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
The Big Three. Michael Rosenthal Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2008
Business of Art. 5436 Monte Vista Street. Los Angeles, CA 
New Work. Sea and Space Explorations. Los Angeles, CA 
Death and Resurrection of the​ ​Post-Hysterical Female. West LA College Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
Ex Roma. 11 APT Gallery. London, UK
24 Video Screening. LACE Curated by​ Micol Hebron. Los Angeles, CA 
A​rtist as Publisher. The Center for Book​ ​Arts. New York, NY
Performance with Tom Harris. The Box. Los Angeles, CA 
La Saison Vidéo. Espace Croisé. Lille,​ ​FR
Lust for LACE. Los Angeles Contemporary E​xhibitions. Los Angeles, CA 
2007
No Presents Please. Michael Rosenthal​ Gallery. ​Redwood City, CA
Circus Year. Circus Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
The WildFlower. Circus Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
Next. New SJICA. San Jose, CA (Baldessari nomination)
2006
Mattoni Water Colors. Billboard in Prague, CZ
​Overlap 3. British School at Rome. Rome, IT 
Urban/Suburban. Temple University. ​Rome, IT
Trying to Land. MACRO Museum of​ ​Contemporary Art. Rome, IT
Videoformes 21 art video/nouveaux​ ​media. Clermont Ferrand, FR 
Overlap 2. British School at Rome. Rome, IT
2005
Overlap. British School at Rome. Rome,​ I​T
Flower Album. Play Gallery, Berlin,​ ​DE.– Solo Exhibition
Fair play. Play Gallery. Berlin, DE. 
Genderosity. 4F Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
Anarchy. Slamdance Film Festival. Online
Super Sonic. Los Angeles Design Center. Los Angeles, CA 
The path of the moons and planets.​ ​Crazy Space. Santa Monica, CA
Gea’s Sweets. Bologna Flash Art Fair. Bologna, IT
2004
1234. Thing Studio. Venice, CA
Blanking. The Smell. Los Angeles, CA 
Summer Show. Anna Helwing Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
Where the art stops and starts. The Latch​ Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
2003
Splat. Art 2102 Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
Disquieted. 4F Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
Materials Process. Claremont Graduate​ ​University. Claremont, CA
The Lowe Gallery Invitational. The Lowe​ ​Gallery. Santa Monica, CA
A​narchy. Slam dance Film Festival. Online. 
​Sundown Saloon (curated by Fritz Heag and ​Pipilotti Rist). Los Angeles, CA 
2002
Sometimes it’s dark. Practice Space. Los Angeles, CA 
Gallery Commencement. 4F Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 
​​Bibliography
2009​ MarcWeidenbaum. “Videos”  Blaylock's SF​​ Disquiet-January
2007 ​Andrea Cangioli, “Los Angeles Da​ ​Esposizione” Flair, October pp 258
2007 ​Rosanna Albertini. “Unsafe, it’s​ ​wonderful”, The WildFlower essay
2007 ​David Buuck. Next New and Mitra​ ​Fabian at San Jose ICA
2007 ​Michael Grant. “SoFA Sights”,​ ​Metro Active, August 15-21
2006 ​Sonia Campagnola. “Focus Los​ ​Angeles”, Flash Art January-February 
Videoformes21. “AmericanVideo​A​rt,”selection by Rosanna Albertini pp 58-59 
2005 ​Carlo Alberto Bucci. “Accademie,​ Natale d’arte”, La Repubblica December
2005 ​Flash Art. January-February p.46,​ ​Image
2004 ​Mark Roth. Tinsquo, September 21
2004 ​Gea Politi. Gea’s Square, Flash Art​ ​July-August, pp 43
Lectures
2006 ​Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2006 ​Temple University in Rome, IT
2005 ​British School at Rome, Rome, IT
2004 ​Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Awards, Scholarships and Residences
2005-2006 ​Abbey Scholarship Residency​ A​ward. The British School at Rome, Rome, IT 
2004-2005 ​Orsellie Award
2004-2005 ​Clifton Webb Award
2004 ​UCLA Council Award
2002-2004 ​UCLA Graduate Division​ A​ward
2003-2004 ​Hoyt Award


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