Lauren Kalman

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Work1 Title: But if the Crime is Beautiful…. Composition with Ornament and Object (7) Year: 2014 Material: Inkjet print Dimensions: H 20 W 16 D 0 Work2 Title: But if the Crime is Beautiful…. Composition with Ornament and Object (18) Year: 2014 Material: Inkjet print Dimensions: H 20 W 16 D 0 Work3 Title: But if the Crime is Beautiful…. Hood (12) Year: 2014 Material: Inkjet print Dimensions: H 28 W 20 D 0 Work4 Title: But if the Crime is Beautiful…. Sculpture (1) Year: 2014 Material: Plaster, paper maché, faux gold leaf, Philippe Stark “Ghost Chair” Dimensions: H 36 W 24 D 24 Work5 Title: But if the Crime is Beautiful…. Year: 2014 Material: Inkjet prints, Swarovski pearls, gold-plated brass, faux gold leaf, fabric, plaster, paper maché, laser cut plywood, furniture, lighting stands, mixed media Dimensions: H 39 W 30 D 15


My work combines functional and craft objects, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance. Through my work, I bring to light uncomfortable connections in visual culture between body image, media, class, and style.

Historically my work has references diseases like acne, cancer, herpes, and elephantiasis, or physical trauma like amputation and facial reconstruction surgery; presenting them as jeweled infections, fabric growths, or wearable electronic instruments.

My recent has utilized a sterile aesthetic borrowed from Modernism combined with adornment and the female body. Fabricated objects that reflect sculptural ornamentation and adornment are combined with the body and design objects to produce photographs. These juxtapositions point to historical, political, and social contexts relating to sex, gender, power, pleasure, and beauty.


2014 Coveted Objects. Cranbrook Museum of Art. Bloomfield Hills, MI
2014 Composition with Ornament and Objects and Hoods Sienna Gallery. Lenox, MA
2013 Spectacular. Exhibition/Performance. Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2012  Spectacular. University Gallery, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2012 Tributaries. National Ornamental Metals Museum. Memphis, TN

2015 Body Embellishment. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
2015 AJF Award Exhibition. Patina Gallery at Schmuck, Munich, Germany
2015 Eye of the Beholder. Atkinson Museum, Southport, England
2015 Crafting Anatomies. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England
2014 Multiple Exposures. Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
2014 Luscious: Bodies Adorned, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK
2014 Identity, Gallery Nine5, New York, NY
2014 Différence et repetition, galerie NextLevel, Paris, France, Galeri Format, Bergen, Norway
2013 Locally Made. Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Providence, RI
2013 Shift: Contemporary Makers. Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University. Bloomington, IN
2013 Artists in Conversation: The Body, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Il
2013 Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery ,Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2013 Stirring the Waters | Across the Pond, Socha a Objekt. Bratlislava, Spiš Artists’ Gallery, Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
2013 Unconventional Narratives: The Triumph of the Witch. Gibson Gallery. SUNY Potsdam, Postdam, NY
2013 Out of the Box: Trends in Contemporary Jewelry, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2012 Jeweled Prosthetics.  deSaisset Museum. Santa Clara, CA
2012 40 Under 40: Craft Futures. Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.Washington, DC
2012 Mirror Mirror , Velvet DaVinci, San Francisco, CA, Espace Solidor, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France
2012 Pretty Ugly. Boston Center for the Arts. Boston, MA

Place: Detroit, MI