CSU Dominguez Hills University Art Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Lauren Halsey
The University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) proudly presents a solo exhibition of the work of Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Halsey.
The artist’s latest endeavor in the creation of funkified places, this exhibition extends Halsey’s architectural cartography, materializing in objects, names, memories and colors of the house. Red, black and green (the colors of the Pan-African flag) parallel the hyper pigments orange, yellow, pink and blue (the colors of the south-central).
Together, this spectrum engraves the decelerations, the provocations, the names of the dead and the aesthetic genius of black people. These objects float in the mirrored floor and foil-draped foregrounds, orienting themselves as structures taking off and landing simultaneously.
Lauren Halsey, a native of Los Angeles born in 1937, rethinks the possibilities of art, architecture and community engagement. She produces both stand-alone artwork and site-specific projects, particularly in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles where her family has lived for several generations. Combining found, crafted and handmade objects, Halsey’s work maintains a sense of civic urgency and fluid imagination, reflecting the lives of the people and places around her and addressing critical issues facing people of color, queer populations and the working class. .
Halsey’s work insists on what Douglas Kerney calls “here/now” and “there/then”, a quintessential act that guides and grounds his practice. Halsey’s call for edifice, which draws on the current presence and future of black people here in Los Angeles, is presented alongside those and what no longer exist in the flesh; Black people, businesses, signage and places that have ceased in their original material forms.
It is in the monumental that people will find Halsey’s work, a claim that bends time and memory in its insistence as place for now.
The exhibition will last from March 5 to December 10. The public opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“Lauren Halsey” is generously supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pasadena Art Alliance. The University Art Gallery on the CSUDH campus, 1000 E. Victoria Street in Carson, is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. csudh.edu/visit-us for directions and a printable campus map. Daily permits at the campus grounds are $9 and are sold at the yellow kiosks on the grounds.
In accordance with university guidelines, all visitors must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Those with exemptions may instead present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours. A valid photo ID is also required. Masks are mandatory for all visitors inside the gallery.