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Lauren Comito
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I make paintings, drawings, prints and 3D models that present as totemic figures, maps of unknown places and futuristic structures. Through my work, I envision a world in which the byproducts of consumerism become a site for reclamation and reinvention. I consider the ways that consumer waste builds on a shared (universal) visual language that is mimetic in nature and transcends geographic location. The imagery found within my work is derived from consumer waste. Cardboard packaging has recently played an important role in the making of my work. In my various art-making processes, these transient objects go through a life cycle that occupy different categories: muse, subject, tool and art object. The object is treated as both an archetype and a building block.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Cure for the Common Cold, presented by Masha Maskina, Jersey City, NJ

2017

Folding Frame, This Friday or Next Friday, Brooklyn, NY

2014

The Menagerie, Solo Exhibition at Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Trying to Read in Between the Lines, Solo Exhibition at Idiosyncrasy Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

A Romantic Comedy, curated by Sophia Sobers and Steve Pestana, Wallplay, 25 Kent, Brooklyn, NY

2019

Mini Mono Mental, organized by Annesofie Sandal, Chashama Space to Present, New York, NY

2018

Prints: Past and Present, group exhibition, curated by Hallie Cohen, Hewitt Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, NYC

NUTUREart Benefit Exhibition, EFA Project Space, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC

Post–Earth, curated by Sophia Sobers, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

3 Days at Custom Cabinets, curated by Mary Jones, Custom Cabinets, Los Angeles, CA

2017

Known Unknowns, organized by Michael Woody, Eleanor King and Cait Carouge, 86 Orchard St, New York, NY

E/AB Fair, Eminence Grise Editions, New York, NY

Michael Steinberg Fine Art at SOON Paris Contemporary Editions Art Fair, Paris, France

2016

Network, PointB Virtual, Brooklyn, NY

Shifted Memories, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY

Art on Paper Fair, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY

2015

SOON Paris Contemporary Print Fair, Paris, France

E/AB Fair 2015, Released a limited printed Edition by Eminence Grise Editions, New York, NY

Nothing / Will Have Taken Place / but the Place, Projekt722, curated by Hilary Doyle, Brooklyn, NY

Lo Tech!, No Park, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2014

Small Goods, Projekt722, Brooklyn, NY

Buy What You Love, Benefit Art Auction, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, NY

PAINTING WALL (Janus at 8:16), Touch Gallery, Cambridge MA

2013

Buy What You Love, Benefit Art Auction, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, NY

20/90? Video Screening, Icebox Projects at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Well…, Projekt 722, Brooklyn, NY

Our Show Needs a Name, Brooklyn Fireproof East Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

New Contemporaries: Selected Works from the Class of 2013, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI

RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

Home Show, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI

2012

Too Big to Fail, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

Two Become One, Wayfayers Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY

Scenic Routes, Frank & Gertrude Kaiser Gallery, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY

Sparkle, Swarovski Collaboration, Swarovski Headquarters, Cranston, RI

2011

Contemporary Abstractions, Dumbo Arts Festival, Might Tanaka Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Art Auction, Huletts Landing Historical Society, Lake George, NY, 2011

2009

Material Impact, University of Delaware, UD Crane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Labors of Love, The Sweatshop, Members Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

Trends of City Sprawl, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

2006-2008

139 Days… Slought Foundation, Emerging Artist Group Show, Philadelphia, PA, 2008

Batter and Butter, Tyler Gallery, Thesis Exhibition, Elkins Park, PA, 2007

Please Stop Talkin, Tyler Gallery, curated by Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosof, Elkins Park, PA, 2006

Print Makers Collective, White Elephant Gallery, Whitehall, NY, 2006

City to Country, Group Show, White Elephant Gallery, Whitehall, NY, 2006



Education

MFA in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, 2013

Arts and Transformation Certificate, BuildaBridge Institute, 2009

BFA, Double Major in Art History and Painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA, 2007

Study Abroad Program, Temple University Rome, Italy, 2005



Awards

Graduate Studies Dean’s Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011

Painting Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011

Full Scholarship, BuildaBridge Institute for Arts and Transformation, 2009

Carmela Corso Scholarship, Prize in Painting, 2007

Merit Scholarship, Temple University, 2002 – 2007

 








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