Laura Owens Announces New Installation at Art Basel 2012


Gavin Brown's enterprise just announced that acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens will present a major new installation work at Art Unlimited at Art Basel 2012.

Five years in the making, Untitled, 2007 - 2012, takes as its starting point two everyday objects – the clock and the book – that enjoy long histories within the worlds of folk art and artisanship. Owens has co-opted this freighted pair in an ambitious cycle of more than 90 small paintings and more than 50 handmade volumes containing over one thousand pages of unique drawings, watercolors, collages and hand-printed images. Presented in a single enveloping space where visitors will be invited to browse through the books, Untitled, 2007 - 2012, exalts the poetics of craft in a world of mass production. This unprecedented work reveals the breadth of Laura Owens' approach to painting and reflects her ideas about time and temporality, repetition and seriality. Most of all, Untitled, 2007 - 2012, shows the artist expanding the boundaries of painting itself, while leaving the creative hierarchies of the medium far behind.

Untitled, 2007 - 2012, is presented by Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York; Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; and Sadie Coles HQ, London. The project will be accompanied by a 176-page full color book, Laura Owens: Clocks,published by Karma, New York, and released at Art Basel 2012.

InUntitled, 2007 - 2012, Owens' handmade books will be laid out upon a long wooden trestle table designed by the artist. Each cover is unique; many are painted, embroidered, collaged or letter-pressed. The subjects of the books mine the various influences, interests and creative processes that occupy Owens and filter into her painted work. Those influences range from Cezanne, Bridget Riley and Maurice Denis, to instruction manuals about Jacobean embroidery and crewelwork. Owens also cites among her fascinations the 2002 chess final between Judit Polgár – the Hungarian grandmaster considered the strongest female chess player in history - and Garry Kasparov, in a drama that unfolds two moves per page. Visitors will be able to open and examine the books on view. "The temporal nature of a book can be unfolded by the viewer," Owens explains. "This intimate experience can mimic our experience with a painting."