June 7 - July 13, 2019
Exhibition Text Documentation
 
 
 

Et al.  presents

Laurie Reid
Hewn

June 7 - July 13, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, June 7, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Et al. (Chinatown)

Zips and flits of color,
Sets, duets, call-and-response.

These new works in gouache by Laurie Reid exhibit a frisky sincerity across a non-neutral ground—many on a paper whose material is always present as is the process of its making, fibers provisionally arrayed into a mostly-flat plane out to a roughly-hewn edge.

When describing Reid’s work it seems necessary to provide an out to any attempt to box her practice in. She is often a painter, her paint is commonly applied in a not-overworked way so as to maintain something of its former liquidity. The work is sometimes very minimal, frequently employees color in exciting ways, seems to adhere to a set of unwritten rules defining a particular body of work.

These pieces are quite intimate; there’s something of her not often exhibited ceramics in them with the paper close in substance to a clay body, and the paint as if dabs of glaze. Frames give the works a place within this place to inhabit. There is a delicate playfulness at work here, an intricate game pre-or-post language.

- Aaron Harbour