Davis Silis - 28th Oct 2013

Chaz Bundick is one of those rare musicians who not only knows how to shape his sound into a strong, cohesive aesthetic, but can pair his musical output as Toro Y Moi with visually adventurous videos while he’s at it. Jordan Kim. HARRYS. Elisha Smith-Leverock and Chris Murdoch. And now we can add artist Lauren Gregory to that list. 

Where ‘So Many Details’ flexes cinematic perfection, Lauren Gregory’s ‘Rose Quartz’ waxes poetic impressionist splendour. You can smell the turpentine and feel the daubs of paint on canvas. But even that is an overly simple view of what’s at play. 

There’s no other way to describe ‘Rose Quartz’ than as if Ralph Bakshi himself showed up at Cranbrook Academy, toting a ragged Eastpak filled with a half pound of kind bud and every spare tube of Winsor & Newton oils he could get his hands on, proclaiming ‘Hey kids, lemme show you how we’re gonna make a music video’ to the entire illustrious MFA Painting contingent.

It’s French impressionism meets Bakshi’s long-overdue American Pop redux meets the Harlem Renaissance. It’s Lauren Gregory. And really, it’s great.


DirectorLauren Gregory

Davis Silis - 28th Oct 2013

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