Lauren Shapiro: Future Pacific

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Lauren Shapiro: Future Pacific

Now - Mar 31, 2021

Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months

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Within the Bakehouse Art Complex, artist Lauren Shapiro will present Future Pacific, an interactive, site-specific installation that merges art with science and technology to cultivate environmental stewardship in the local community and provide a platform for researchers who work to preserve and protect endangered marine ecosystems. On view in the Audrey Love Gallery, the exhibition comprises a series of large-scale coral-textured, unfired clay sculptures resembling architectural ruins.

About The Artist

Lauren Shapiro is a visual artist living and working in Miami, Florida. She earned an MFA from the University of Miami. She utilizes a multi-step casting process in clay resulting in modular sculptures and installations that reference systems and visual orders found in nature. Her work draws inspiration from environmental research and data, ceramics and social practice.

As a Miami-based artist, Shapiro is aware of the growing climate pressures on tropical populations. Her work lends a voice to fostering awareness and solutions for our changing landscape. Part of her practice involves community-based activations where participants hand-mold clay structures that are assembled into site-specific arrangements. After completion, each installation is deconstructed and recycled to build subsequent projects. Through the medium and its impermanence, the final outcome mimics the cycle of growth and decay that occurs in nature, calling participants to cultivate environmental stewardship and mindfulness.

Lauren has been a resident artist at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, China, where she observed and learned about post-production processes of industrial mold-making and porcelain slip casting. She has exhibited during Art Basel Miami at Scope Art Fair, the New Art Dealer's Alliance (NADA) and she has showcased her work internationally during Art Basel Switzerland at Projektraum M54 and a solo exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2018, she completed a residency in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil, collecting textures for her ecologically-driven sculptures and installations. In 2019, she was awarded the Wavemaker Grant through Locust Projects, funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation and a Knight Arts Challenge grant for a project that will culminate at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in 2020. Recently, she received a broader outreach grant from the National Science Foundation for an art project based on coral reef research. Lauren is a current artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, where she serves as the Head of the Ceramics Studio.

 

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