Adds Donna is pleased to present the work of Lindsay Lawson in her first Chicago solo exhibition, American Smooth.
Ever conscious of the beholder, Lindsay Lawson investigates cogent modes for presentation in her work. Here for American Smooth, she navigates the relationship of past and present through the immersive properties of sound and screen. This two-room video installation utilizes the sway of song in order to blur two previously distinct works- Das Ding, and A. Trio.
The song in question- “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers, is in fact the sound component to the featured digital animation Das Ding. Allowed to play over the entire space, it mingles remarkably if not inadvertently, with A. Trio, a video projection citing modern dancer Yvonne Rainer in her performance of Trio A in 1965. Together these works, which not only share a romantic connection to the 1960’s, but also common ties to the body, absence, and form, assert that meaning is never fixed, but continually rendered malleable by the present.
Lindsay Lawson (b. 1982 in Biloxi, MS) currently lives and works in Berlin. She has studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and received her MFA from the New Genres Program at UCLA in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include Sister Sister City at Thomas Solomon Gallery (Los Angeles), Translation as a Structuring Principle: If A Then B at Gentili Apri (Berlin), and Correspondences at Yaffo 23 (Jerusalem). She is currently leading Future Tense, a video and internet art seminar in conjunction with MASS Alexandria in Egypt.