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Laura Owens

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2013 (detail). Oil, Flashe, acrylic, bike wheels, training wheels, wagon wheels, and tricycle wheel on linen, 108 × 84 in. (274.3 × 213.4 cm), Private collection; courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Photograph by Tom Powel.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2013 (detail). Oil, Flashe, acrylic, bike wheels, training wheels, wagon wheels, and tricycle wheel on linen, 108 × 84 in. (274.3 × 213.4 cm), Private collection; courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Photograph by Tom Powel.

Born 1970 in Euclid, OH
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Known for her virtuosic skill and embrace of unpretentious subject matter, Laura Owens has since the 1990s continually expanded and upended ideas regarding what a painting can be and for whom it is intended. One of Owens’s paintings included in the 2014 Biennial appropriates a 1970s inspirational poster and reconfigures the image into multiple screenprinted layers, adding thick impasto marks and a wooden grid that cuts through the strata. The background layer, sized 3 percent larger than the foreground, appears to lift off the linen thanks to a trompe-l’oeil shadow, while the upper layer is presented as a gestural scribble. Among the unsettling results of this separation are a boy’s fractured face, and jumbled text which emphatically reiterates the words “and hang."

On View

Fourth Floor

Laura Owens’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.