Lauren Sanders,  Living Room for Roman Rug , 2017; ink on paper, 11 x 17 in. 

Lauren Sanders, Living Room for Roman Rug, 2017; ink on paper, 11 x 17 in. 


Lauren Sanders: Interiors and Props

 Curated by Logan Lockner                                                 

Collected from a variety of projects including an apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the 2017 fashion show FREE TANGERINE, the sculptures, drawings, and textiles in Interiors and Props reflect Knoxville-based artist Lauren Sanders’ recent work as a DIY designer and interdisciplinary collaborator.

Originally rendered in pen and ink in the artist’s sketchbook, the drawings in Interiors and Props form the basis for the metalwork, printed patterns, and arranged environments throughout the exhibition. Drawing on the resurgent influence the Memphis Group and the graphic sensibility of its co-founder Nathalie Du Pasquier, Sanders’ drawings imagine domestic interiors marked by geometric design and bold, clashing colors. 

Previously displayed as props for interdisciplinary fashion shows last year in Tennessee, Sanders’ steel sculptures challenge the mythologized and masculinized legacy of minimalist sculpture. Fabricated by the artist herself, a metal worker by trade, the combination of these steel sculptures with screen-printed textiles illustrates relationships shared by pattern and structure despite differences in material. 

Lauren Sanders: Interiors and Props opens at Georgia State University's Welch School Galleries in Atlanta on Thursday, May 10. It will run in conjunction with an exhibition of work by Tyler Beard through September 7. 

Lauren Sanders (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2015. Her most recent fashion line, FREE TANGERINE, premiered alongside paintings by Eric Cagley at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens in August 2017 and was presented again at Track One in Nashville in December.

Logan Lockner (b. 1991) is a writer living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. His essays and criticism have appeared in Art Papers, Pelican Bomb, Photograph, and The Rib, and he is a contributing editor for Burnaway. Interiors and Props is his first curatorial project.