Allegory; New Works by Lauren Foulkes
January 30, 2011, 10:37 pm
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Here are some photographs of Lauren Foulkes’ fantastic exhibition in the Milkwood Gallery basement. It was such a delight to discover Lauren’s exciting juxtaposition of the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional, seeing her ‘make-believe’ characters really come to life. The exhibition was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


January 29, 2011, 4:14 pm
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The Milkwood Gallery cordially invite you to come and see the outcomes of this month’s Basement Project;


Allegory; New Works by Lauren Foulkes


Monday 31st January at Milkwood Gallery, 6.30pm- 8.30pm

with musical entertainment from the Ukulele Nights

beyond the two-dimensional…
January 29, 2011, 3:29 pm
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…the room as a canvas…
January 27, 2011, 1:15 am
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“I began this residency by thinking about the elements that make up my paintings. I started by making small collages, combining glossy photographs of models and objects with images of figures and creatures made from coloured and cut up papers. This enabled me to gain an alternative perspective to the way I construct my paintings. I soon decided that I was going to use painting and collage together, so began to cut out figures from MDF with the idea that I would use fabric, magazine images and oil paint . Working in this way within the confinements of the basement space has thrown up different problems and solutions that I do not encounter when working only in 2D. I have taken aspects of my paintings and put them in a real space, the painting hasn’t changed its the way in which they are viewed I am manipulating. I am in the work as I create it but I am still working as if with a canvas, the room is the canvas. I have grown very interested in the relationship between the objects and the figures that are now at times to scale of the real life things that stand in the room. It has been a very different way of working to what I am used to but very beneficial to developing my practice. It has provided me with an arena to try out ideas I am unable to realise on a canvas.”

A basement project for the new year…
December 3, 2010, 8:12 pm
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The proposal of artist Lauren Foulkes…

“During this residency I want to use my practice and interests to influence the space, immersing the viewer directly in the work. I will use the constricted nature of the basement space positively, using its scale to my advantage, helping me to realise themes and resolve some problems I have been working on in my two dimensional work.
The enclosed nature of the space lends its self greatly to the ideas I wish to explore. I find the narrow entrance to the space intriguing, the staircase isolating it from the world above. The installation using painting drawing and objects, will transform the space to create a secret room. I want the viewer to view the space as an entity, to become part of the work and made aware of there own presence within it, incorporating the viewer’s own imagination.
On entering the basement I immediately thought of visits to grottos, caves and replica houses. I made a connection to this and the themes I explore in my work, ideas surrounding pretence and reality. I am interested in make-believe, fairy tale culture, childhood memory and the transition of innocence. I am intrigued with what fairy tales convey and how they achieve it. How make believe can reflect reality and vice versa. A wolf dressed in ladies clothing creates an image that holds both contradiction and danger, it is the oddity of the situation that appeals. I am attracted to the tension created when fear, comedy, comfort and awkwardness come together. It provides an arena to experiment with negative and positive emotions I want present. I have previously worked mainly with painting and drawing to convey these ideas but have recently started to construct installations. I am excited to begin to work in this new environment and to use new means to experiment and evolve my practice.” 

Images of some of Lauren’s 2D work can be seen above.

Lauren will begin her basement residency at Milkwood Gallery in January 2011.
Watch this space.