Fruit Soup: Contemporary Vanitas by Audrey Flack and Gracelee Lawrence
January 25 - April 2, 2022
Photographs from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections by Photorealist painter Audrey Flack and recent 3D printed sculptures by artist Gracelee Lawrence share unexpected commonalities in the Collections Study Gallery. Using an intricate three-layer (cyan, magenta, yellow) dye-transfer process, Flack’s photographs explore color saturation and also function as sources for her groundbreaking vanitas still lifes from the 1970s and early 1980s. Printed in multi-colored, reflective filaments, Lawrence’s objects—which begin as 3D scans of bodies and fruit—exist in a transfigurative space between physical and digital reality. Paired together, Flack’s and Lawrence’s works provide meditations on time and subjectivity, mechanical and digital reproduction, and capitalist consumption in our contemporary world.
Support for the University Art Museum exhibitions and programs is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Harpo Foundation, the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, The University at Albany Foundation, the University Auxiliary Services at Albany, the Robin Kanson Lewis ’70 Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Jack and Gertrude Horan Memorial Endowment Fund for Student Outreach.
Image credit: Audrey Flack, Roman Beauties, 1983, dye transfer on paper, Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of The University at Albany Foundation, Gift of Stephen and Linda Singer; Gracelee Lawrence, Desiccated Poignancy, 2021, Silk polylactic acid 3D print, courtesy of the artist