The first US solo museum presentation of the work of the Turner Prize nominated British artist Laure Prouvost (b. 1978) will. Prouvost will present a new, immersive multi-channel video installation for the Lobby Gallery. In her films and installations, Prouvost unhinges commonplace and expected connections between language, image, and perception. In works such as Wantee (2013), which garnered her a Turner Prize nomination, Prouvost steps away from traditional linear narratives and opens up a space for the viewer to engage provocatively with surreal aspects of meaning.
In her films and installations, Prouvost unhinges commonplace and expected connections between language, image, and perception. Intercutting a barrage of fast-paced moving images with stills and text in her films, Prouvost steps away from traditional linear narratives and opens up a space for the viewer to engage provocatively with surreal aspects of meaning. Her works often address viewers directly, manipulating their senses and pushing the limits of experience. In recent works such as The Artist (2010), Swallow (2013), and Wantee (2013), which garnered her a Turner Prize nomination, Prouvost expands the scope of her disorienting narratives and whimsical modes of display by creating all-encompassing environments that include elements of sculpture, painting, and drawing amongst her films. At the New Museum, Prouvost will present a new, immersive multi-channel video installation for the Lobby Gallery.
The New Museum building is intended as a home for contemporary art and an incubator for new ideas, as well as an architectural contribution to New York’s urban landscape. Sejima and Nishizawa, who received the commission in 2002, have described the building as their response to the history and powerful personalities of both the New Museum and its storied site. “The Bowery was very gritty when we first visited it,” they have said. “We were a bit shocked, but we were also impressed that a fine art museum wanted to be there.
Nominated for her new work Wantee commissioned with Grizedale Arts for inclusion in the exhibition Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain and for her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, resulting from a residency in Italy and presented in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. Her unique approach to filmmaking, often situated within atmospheric installations, employs strong story telling, quick cuts, montage and deliberate misuse of language to create surprising and unpredictable work.
Laure Prouvost was born in 1978 in Croix-Lille, France and lives and works in London. In 2011 she was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, chosen from a distinguished shortlist of artists which included Spartacus Chetwynd, Christina Mackie, Avis Newman and Emily Wardill. Laure Prouvost graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002 and was part of the Lux Artist Associate Programme. Her work includes film, performance and installation. She has been part of group shows at Tate Britain, the ICA, Serpentine and BFI Galleries. She was awarded the EAST International Award in 2009 and a FLAMIN commission in 2011. Laure Prouvost is represented by MOTINTERNATIONAL.
The New Museum, designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, is a seven-story, eight-level structure located at 235 Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets, at the origin of Prince Street in New York City.
This year the Turner Prize is presented in Northern Ireland for the first time in its history. The exhibition, at Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry, is part of the UK City of Culture 2013 (23 October 2013 – 5 January 2014) and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 2 December 2013.
Laure Prouvost 02/12/14 – 04/13/14 The New Museum New York
New Museum 235 Bowery New York, NY 10002 212.219.1222