Lauren Mackler

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What Is My Work About? 

Using Public Fiction as a moniker, my work is comprised of exhibitions, events and publications as a medium to present ideas. Through each of these platforms, I create a context and bring together practitioners from a range of disciplines and generations on a single, and changing, topic.
I often transform the space, physically or conceptually, creating a leap of the imagination, a gap between what is there and what we are inventing, creating an authored context for the presentation of the works of others. I take the stance that art can be a position from which to reflect and respond to contemporary culture. This approach draws a likeness between art and literature, objects and language, ideas and agency. The ambition is to redefine the concepts of authority and of ?the public? while negotiating the idea of responsibility and just plain experience, in a serial fashion.
Artist Statement
Formally trained in Studio Art at NYU I started Public Fiction in 2010 driven by the idea that art can be a position from which to reflect and respond to contemporary issues.I am interested in building a project that contextualizes contemporary practices through a global art and social history. I am invested in the distribution of ideas and artistic currents to the public as well as facilitating an ongoing conversation between artists and viewers. I am particularly interested in making work which is culturally central and devoted to its time.My practice is concerned with creating a series of topical exhibitions, combined each time with programming and publications on a range of topics. This approach draws a likeness between art and literature, objects and language, ideas and agency. The idea is to redefine the concepts of authority and of “the public” while negotiating the idea of responsibility in a serial fashion.In addition to this I am formal trained as a graphic designer. This unusual background has added to my interest in presenting exhibitions and programs. In the application of graphic design principals to curating and exhibition design (in the most conceptual sense), I am interested in creating unexpected presentations of works in space, in context with each other, and in publications.

 

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Education & Awards:

Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Graphic Design, H, 2009

-Creative Quarterly Award , 2009

-Henri Woolf Scholarship Award , 2008

New York University, BA Studio Art, Magna Cum Laude, 2003

 

Group Exhibitions

2014

MADE IN LA Biennial curated by Michael Ned Holte and Connie Butler at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

“A Public Fiction / Tragedy + Time” In collaboration with Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

Exhibtion within the exhibition at the museum and in Highland Park.

Featuring: Mateo Tannatt, Erik Wesley Fiona Connor, Leslie Hewitt, Margaret Lee, Shana Moulton, Sara Greenberger-Raferty, Darren Bader, Amanda Ross Ho, D’Ette Nogle, Claude Wampler, Neal Bashor, Becket Flannery, Matthew Brannon, Sarah Heyward, Claudia Rankine, Benjamin Weissman

NY Frieze Project with Allen Ruppersberg.

“Restaging Al’s Grand Hotel”

The Possible curated by David Wilson at the UC Berkeley Museum of Art

Exhibtion within the exhibition at the museum, and exhibition catalogue as a contribution to the exhibition.

2012

“Lost In LA” organized by Marc-Olivier Wahler at Barnsdall Park Municipal Art Gallery,

Los Angeles, CA. Organized by FLAX, Palais de Tokyo and LA MoCA

Exhibition catalogue as a contribution to the exhibition as well as on- and off-site programs.

Special Project as a part of ARTISSIMA “LIDO”, Turin, Italy.

At The Church of The Holy Shroud

“Treating Shadows As real Things” in collaboration with Andrew Berardini

Featuring: Lucas Blalock, Sarah Cain, Giorgio de Chirico, Samara Golden, Mark Hagen, Anthony Lepore, Andrea Longacre-White, Carlo Mollino and Ry Rocklen.

“The AV Club” curated by Mike D. at L.A. MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA.

“The Club” (a play on the night club, social club and art club) curated exhibition, within the exhibition.

 

Self-Organized Projects and  Exhibitions

2010-2014

2013

“SET PIECES”, Group Exhibition for Cardi Black Box curated in collaboration with Andrew Berardini. Featuring Sets by Sarah Cain, Liz Glynn, Samara Golden, and Mateo Tannatt. And works by Scoli Acosta, Kathryn Andrews, Matthew Brannon, Mary Corse, Zoe Crosher, Aaron Curry, Erik Frydenborg, Friedrich Kunath, Eli Langer, William Leavitt, Anthony Lepore, Carter Mull, Claire Nereim, Raymond Pettibon, and Amanda Ross-Ho.

PF6: The Stand In (Or a Glass of Milk), co-curated with Alexandra Gaty,

Featuring: Trisha Baga, Scott Benzel, Gabriele Beveridge, Lucas Blalock, Nina Canell, Marieta Chirulescu, Isabelle Cornaro, Deanna Erdmann, Erik Frydenborg, Amy Granat, Nathan Hylden, Barbara Kasten, Erik Lindman, Shana Lutker, Alex Olson, Lili Reynaud-Dewar w/Olivia Dunbar, Rachell Sawatsky, Sara VanDerBeek, Erika Vogt and Rosha Yaghmai.

Includes the writing of: Cara Benedetto, Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Joseph Mosconi.

And populated by happenings, performances and screenings by: Karen Adelman, Lindsay August Salazar, Scott Benzel, Brendan Fowler, Amy Granat, Taisha Paggett and Flora Wiegmann. Seth Price, Stan VanDerBeek, Jordan Wolfson and Takeshi Murata.

2013

PF 5: The Foreign Correspondent: Your Man in LA

Including the work of: Davide Balula, Neil Beloufa, Andrew Berardini, Isabelle Cornaro, Nikki Darling, Travis Diehl, Eve Fowler, Hedi El Kholti, Jonathan Lethem, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Camille Henrot, Nicolas Garait, Rita Gonzalez, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, 

Brian Kennon, Joseph Mosconi, Aude Pariset, Bernard Piffaretti, Tif Sigfrids, Ivette Soler, Charlie White, Daphne FitzPatrick, Nick Herman and Davida Nemeroff.

Weekly PF dispatches co-edited with Andrew Berardini

2012

PF4: Theatricality + Sets

Act I: The Epilogue; By Emily Mast

Act II: The Props; Including the work of: Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Sarah Rara, Daniel Small, Ali Prosch and Meghann McCrory, Owen Kydd. 

Act III: The Academy: By Scott Benzel

Secret Restaurant by Liz Glynn

2011

PF2: The Gold Rush / Manifest Destiny

1. La Californie, co-curated with Josh Peters including the work of:

Steve Canaday, Fritz Chesnut, Michael Dee, Adam Janes, Annie Lapin, Rebecca Morris, Davida Nemeroff.

2. The Hotel with Grizzly Grizzly

3. When… (The Earthquake) By David Hendren

2011

PF1: The Free Church

Including the work of: Alison O’Daniel, Maureen Keaveny, Chiara Gionvando, Jason Manley, Jennifer Boysen, Alika Cooper, Davida Nemeroff, Mark A. Rodriguez, Eric J. Palgon, Wintergarden Ltd, Signify / Sanctify / Believe.

2010

PF0. Public Records

Including the work of: Alee Peoples, Anders Johnson, Ashley Zangle, assume astro vivid focus, BEVERLY FRE$H, Bobbi Woods, Breanne Trammell, Brendan Threadgill, Brie Ruais, Clement Valla, Erin Perry, Davida Nemeroff, Grant Worth, Greg Kalliche, Julia Dault, Joshua Callaghan, Kat Hodges, Mark Rice, Maureen Keaveny, Michael Bizon, Michael Magnan, Sto, Talon True Gustafson and Walker Mettling.

 

Published Writing:

Upcoming: Isabelle Cornaro for LAXART, exhibition catalogue

2014 – Bomb Magazine, Editor’s Choice, Fall 2014

2014 – Frieze Projects Catalogue, Al’s Grand Hotel

2013 – CAL ARTS 2013 MFA Catalogue essay

2013 – THE ART BOOK REVIEW Review of “Silence”, an exhibition catalogue for  The UC Berkeley Museum of Art

 

Teaching experience:

2010-2014

2014

University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Graduate Department of Art

Graduate Seminar Visiting Lecturer

2010-2013 Otis College of Art & Design Los Angeles, CA

Faculty in Communication Arts department

Senior Lecturer in the Graphic Design MFA program

– Contemporary Theory 

– Form and Communication

– Ways of Working / Ways of Thinking studio

 

Talks & Visits:

Vancouver Art Gallery

Speaker for Vancouver Art Book Fair, 2014

USC Los Angeles, CA

Guest Speaker for MA Public Practices, 2013

& PS1 MOMA / NY ART BOOK FAIR

Guest Speaker for Contemporary Artists’ Books

Conference,  2013

UCLA Los Angeles, CA

Guest Speaker for Art Program, 2013

GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE Los Angeles, CA

Guest Speaker for Education Program, 2012

ECOLE SUPERIEUR D’ART D’ANNECY Annecy, France

Visiting Critic for MFA class, 2012

UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Los Angeles, CA

Guest Critic for Senior Projects, 2012

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF ART Valencia, CA

Guest Lecturer MFA Graphic Design Department, 2009

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Providence, RI

Guest Critic for interdisciplinary MFAs, 2009

DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE Cape Town, South Africa

International Graduate student presentations, 2009

BROWN UNIVERSITY Providence, RI

Guest Lecturer in the Department of Modern

Culture & Media, 2009

 

Selected Press:

THE NEW YORK TIMES

ART FORUM

FRIEZE MAGAZINE

MOUSSE

LOS ANGELES TIMES

FLASH ART

ART INFO

ART SLANT

DESIGN OFFICE MAGAZINE

LA WEEKLY

ARTILLERY MAGAZINE

ANGELINO MAGAZINE