Approved: 12.04.2011

Lexi Strauss

Artist, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 12.04.2011

Arising from interviews or the imagination, specious, fluid narratives subliminally weave works together in order to explore the idea of individuation and the complex human relationship with the belief system. In addition to the core painting practice, diverse recorded conversations are sometimes performed using a ‘verbatim’ acting process to engage with people in depth. Paintings are occasionally

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  • Location: Malvern, West Midlands
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Film & Video, Installation, Painting, Performance, Text
  • Tags: parenting, belief systems, escapism and segregation, humanitarian, individuation, reification, narrative, theatrical, clowns, absurdity
 
 
 

Biography

Arising from interviews or the imagination, specious, fluid narratives subliminally weave works together in order to explore the idea of individuation and the complex human relationship with the belief system. In addition to the core painting practice, diverse recorded conversations are sometimes performed using a ‘verbatim’ acting process to engage with people in depth. Paintings are occasionally ventriliquised in order to tell stories. Playfully theatrical installations using projections allow objects or subjects within the imagery to breath, speak and sing collectively or as individuals. Narratives seeking out absurdity and subversion may hold insightful keys, since true meanings are often realized in their transitions from nonsense. Thus, subjects within the paintings may appear clownish, displaying both a rigid facade and a vulnerable persona.

CV & Education

TRAINING

2012-14 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London
2009-11 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Hereford College of Art


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Movement gallery, Worcester (as Nash/Robertson/Strauss collective)
2013 Empty Chairs, The Institute of Art and Ideas, Hay Festival, Hay on Wye


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Behind the Shelf, Crypt Gallery, London

2015 Catlin Art Prize
2015 Manchester Contemporary and Worcester Museum (Division of Labour)
2015 Sluice (Day and Gluckman)
2015 Material Tension Collyer and Bristow Gallery, London
2015 A Union of Voices. Horatio Junior Gallery, London
2014 RCA Graduation Show, London 
2014 Secret Postcard, RCA, London
2013 Painting Nov, Henry Moore Gallery, London
2013 REACT, Dilston Grove Gallery, London
2013 Diseased Brethren (Art Licks), Asylum, London
2013 Notes to Self, Dyson Gallery, London
2013 Interim Show, RCA, Henry Moore Gallery, London
2012 Candid arts, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin


SELECTED COMPETITIONS/ PRIZES AND AWARDS

2014 John Moores painting prize (panel- Chantal Joffe, Tom Benson, Zeng Fanzhi, Tim Marlow and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye)
2014 Jerwood drawing prize (panel- Gavin Delahunty, Dr Janet McKenzie and Alison Wilding) 
2014 Nominated for Saatchi New Sensations 
2014 Exeter Contemporary Open, Pheonix Arts Centre Public Choice award. (panel- Matt Burrows, Ceri Hand, David Shrigley) 
2013 Shortlisted for New Contemporaries, ICA (panel- Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors)
2013 Anthology 2013, Charlie Smith Gallery, London (panel- Ian Davenport, Zavier Ellis, Hélène Guérin, Ceri Hand, Max Presneill)
2013 W-ca Open, Worcester Art Gallery (highly commended, panel- Juneau projects, Meadow Arts, Nada Prija and Gavin Wade)
2013 Derwent Drawing Prize, Mall Galleries, London (panel- Yvonne Crossley, Fisun Güner and Stephen Farthing)
2012 Ludlow Open (panel- Christopher Le Brun, Anne de Charmant, David Cleaton-Roberts and Nathaniel Pitt)
2012 Windsor and Newton scholarship, RCA
2012 Elmley Foundation Award to study at the RCA


PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Quiroga-Vinsrygg collection

COMMISSIONS

Morgan Motor Company
Quiroga-Vinsrygg Collection


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2015 Apollo Magazine
2015 Wall Street International
2015 Studio International
2015 3rd Dimension magazine
2015 Huffington Post
2015 A-N magazine
2015 The Catlin Art Guide
2014 The State of Art, Barehill Publishing
2013 ARC magazine 17.2
2011 Roves and Roames, issue III


TALKS/ LECTURES/ PERFORMANCES

2014 CINARS Performing Arts Bienniale, Montreal
2014 Jerwood Space, London
2014 John Moores, Walker Gallery, Liverpool
2014 University of Gloucester
2014 Hereford College of Art
2014 Wolverhampton University
2014 Neat 14. Nottingham Theatre Royal Foyer
2013 Womens Werk, Division of Labour. Worcester Art Gallery

WEBSITE

http://www.lexistrauss.com