Approved: 12.04.2011

Lexi Strauss

Artist, Lecturer / academic

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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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 (1st), Hereford College of Art

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017 Singing Chairs from The Twelve Apostles as Babies. Worcester Cathedral

2016 The Oath of The Great Order of Emancipists. Confinement, Crossings and Conditions.          Carceral Geography Conference, Birmingham University

2013 Empty Chairs, The Institute of Art and Ideas- Hay Festival, Hay on Wye

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

New voices, New conversations, Recent acquisitions of the New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University

Storyboard, Lubmirov/ Angus Hughes Gallery, London

Nasty Women, Cambridge Literary Festival, curated by Eliza Gluckman

Hokey Cokey, Universidad de la Comunicacion and Chalton Gallery, London and Mexico

Real Lives, Painted Pictures, The Cut, Halesworth

2016

Working From Home, AMP Gallery, London

On the Shore Alone at Night, Chalton Gallery, London

Art Car Boot Fair (with Huguenot Editions), London

Real Lives, Painted Pictures, Crypt Gallery, London

Oriel Davis Open, Newtown, Wales

2015

Random Selection, Division of Labour, London and Manchester Contemporary

Salon, Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Sluice (Day and Gluckman) London

Material Tension, Collyer and Bristow Gallery, London

2014

A Union of Voices. Horatio Junior Gallery, London

Beryl, Neat 14- Theatre Royal, Nottingham

The Twelve Apostles as Babies, RCA Degree show, London

2013

Pntg Nov, Henry Moore Gallery, London

REACT, Dilston Grove Gallery, London

Diseased Brethre,n Art Licks- at Asylum, London

2012

Candid arts, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin

Ludlow Open, Ludlow

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

 

2015

Catlin Art Prize (panel- Justin Hammond, Aaron Cezar, Charlotte Schepke, George Vasey)

2014

Saatchi New Sensations- nominated  

John Moores painting prize- shortlisted (panel- Chantal Joffe, Tom Benson, Zeng Fanzhi, Tim Marlow and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye)

Jerwood drawing prize- shortlisted (panel- Gavin Delahunty, Dr Janet McKenzie and Alison Wilding)

Exeter Contemporary Open- Public Choice award, Pheonix Arts Centre (panel- Matt Burrows, Ceri Hand, David Shrigley)

2013

New Contemporaries- shortlisted, ICA (panel- Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors)

Anthology 2013, Charlie Smith Gallery, London (panel- Ian Davenport, Zavier Ellis, Hélène Guérin, Ceri Hand, Max Presneill)

W-ca Open- highly commended, Worcester Art Gallery (panel- Juneau projects, Meadow Arts, Nada Prija and Gavin Wade)

Derwent Drawing Prize, Mall Galleries, London (panel- Yvonne Crossley, Fisun Güner and Stephen Farthing)

2012

Windsor and Newton scholarship, RCA

Elmley Foundation Award to study at the RCA

Hereford Open- overall winner (panel- Andrea McLean and Clare Woods)

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

2017 Real Lives, Painted Pictures - Book accompanying exhibition of same title

2016 Spears Magazine

2016 Birmingham Mail- 21 Leading Young artists in the West Midlands

2015 Studio International filmed interview- https://vimeo.com/128992151

2015 Apollo Magazine

2015 Wall Street International

2015 3rd Dimension magazine

2015 Huffington Post

2015 A-N magazine

2015 The Catlin Art Guide

2014 The State of Art, Barehill Publishing

2014 Jerwood Drawing Prize

2014 John Moores Painting Prize

2014 ARTUPDATE

2013 ARC magazine 17.2

2011 Roves and Roames, issue III

 

Performances/ screenings

 

2017 Domino Open Film Screening. The Shoe Factory Social Club, Norwich

2016 Ghost Sheet Interviews, AMP Gallery, London

2015 Jamboree, Plymouth Arts centre

2014 CINARS Performing Arts Bienniale, Montreal

2014 Neat 14. Nottingham

2013 Womens Werk, Division of Labour. Worcester Art Gallery

 

Lectures/ Tutorials/ Presentations

 

2014-17 Hereford College of Art. Various lectures/ tutorials for Fine Art and Art and Design

2016 Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Presentation on outcomes of Radical Sabbatical

2016 University of Birmingham. Symposium talk to School of Government and Social policy

2016 University of Northumbria. Verbatim conference, talk on the politics of verbatim practice

2015 University of Worcester. Film Production, lecture and workshop on art practice

2015 Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Presentation on practice

2014 Jerwood Space, London. Presentation on practice

2014 John Moores, Walker Gallery, Liverpool. Presentation on art practice

2014 University of Gloucester, Fine Art. Presentation and tutorials on art practice

2014 Wolverhampton University, Fine Art. Presentation and tutorials on art practice

 

COLLECTIONS

 

New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge

Various private collections

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2016 Radical Sabbatical, University of Birmingham and Eastside Projects



WEBSITE AND EMAIL LINKS

www.lexistrauss.com          

lexistrauss@hotmail.com