There are only few artists and even less painters who act out of observing the inconspicuous as the painter Lawrence Carroll does. His art comes of a sequence of highly sensitive processes, in which one´s own perception, the creating hand, the selected material and the place for the presentation are brought into harmony and tied aesthetically.
In this process, the personal search for traces segues into leaving his own marks that are to be understood as a condensation of his thoughts and formative acts.
Lawrence Carroll (born 1954 in Melbourne, died 2019 in Cologne) leaves the loud noises or fast conciseness to other artists and sets his precision of silence against it. In this atmosphere of soft tones it emerges a highly multifaceted tempered and certainly also playful and venturesome work.
In the rooms of the art museum, these characteristics find their architectural equivalent. The object-like character of his paintings, which results from the consequence of keeping his painting away from all illusionism, has strengthened him to take into account their importance in space. His art inserts itself into those relations and creates constellations like measure and space, light and shadow, colour and object, or like the emptiness that the past leaves behind as well as the present. In the exhibition, those constellations are components, which are intensified by the location and its unique architecture.
The exhibition will illustrate essential strands in the work over the past few years. As an installation exhibition, it allows a broad perspective onto the work of this worldwide recognized painter. His works are exhibited in several international public collections including the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Documenta IX, 1992, the Venice Biennal 2013).
Lawrence Carroll: As the Noise Falls Away
Published by Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner
Texts Ger./Eng.: Uwe Gellner, David Carrier, Pittsburgh, Terry Myers, Chicago
Translation: Julian Wheatley, Waldsteinberg, Klaus Roth, München
112 p., numerous illustrations, Hardcover
Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2018
Price: 30.00 Euro