Laura Porter

The Future of Dry

September 03 – 29, 2016

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    Laura Porter, Spenders, 2016 Ink-jet print. variable dimensions. Edition of 5 + 1A

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    Exhibition view The Future of Dry – Laura Porter September 2016, Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris.

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    Exhibition view The Future of Dry – Laura Porter September 2016, Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris.

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    Laura Porter, Poor Man, Good Water, 2016. Detail. Taffeta, synthetic net, EVA foam, ivory 130 x 90 x 310 cm. Unique + 1EA

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    Laura Porter, Good Water, 2016 nigelle seeds, EVA foam, aluminium 125,5 x 60,5 cm. Unique

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    Laura Porter, Poor Man, 2016 Cedar, glycerine soap, black onion seeds, paraffin, paper, cloth. 136 x 72 x 62 cm. Unique + 1EA

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    Exhibition view The Future of Dry – Laura Porter September 2016, Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris.

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    Laura Porter, Tableau, 2016 Paraffin, glycerine soap, felt, wood, acrylic paint, tulle 110 x 74 cm. Unique

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    Laura Porter, Chouchou des nanas 2, 2016 Cedrus wood, nigelle seeds, scotch 95 x 19 cm. Unique

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    Laura Porter, Foam Home, 2016, clay with chamotte, EVA foam, glass, tinted adhesive film, black onion seeds mustard seeds, lima beans, money plants
    215 x 115 x 27cm. Unique +1EA

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    Laura Porter, Mounds 1, 2016 Glazed black clay with chamotte 85 x 48 x 2cm . Unique

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    Laura Porter, Hobo Coin, 2016 Black clay with chamotte, glaze, EVA foam, mustard seeds, oak wood, hair, 92 x 20 x 35 cm. Unique

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    Laura Porter, Hobo Coin, 2016 Black clay with chamotte, glaze, EVA foam, mustard seeds, oak wood, hair 92 x 20 x 35 cm. Unique

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    Laura Porter, Hobo Coin, 2016. Detail Black clay with chamotte, glaze, EVA foam, mustard seeds, oak wood, hair 92 x 20 x 35 cm.

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    Exhibition view The Future of Dry – Laura Porter September 2016, Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris.

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    Laura Porter, Bust, 2016 Coupons, gold leafing, carpet, lycra, silk, PVC, glazed black clay with chamotte, plants, variable dimensions.

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    Laura Porter, Bust, 2016 Detail Coupons, gold leafing, carpet, lycra, silk, PVC, glazed black clay with chamotte, plants, variable dimensions.

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    Laura Porter, Bust, 2016 Detail Coupons, gold leafing, carpet, lycra, silk, PVC, glazed black clay with chamotte, plants, variable dimensions.

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    Laura Porter, Bust, 2016 Coupons, gold leafing, carpet, lycra, silk, PVC, glazed black clay with chamotte, plants, variable dimensions.

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    From left to right: Laura Porter, Bust, 2016 Coupons, gold leafing, carpet, lycra, silk, PVC, glazed black clay with chamotte, plants, variable dimensions. Valentin Lewandowski & Laura Porter Penny Perspective, 2016 Video 4:22 HD, sound, loop 8min.

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    Laura Porter, Penny Perspective, 2016 with Valentin Lewandowski (video, sound, editing) Video 4:22 HD, sound 3E + 2A

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    Laura Porter, Penny Perspective, 2016 with Valentin Lewandowski (video, sound, editing) Video 4:22 HD, sound 3E + 2A

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    Laura Porter, Future of Dry, 2016 PMMA sanded, double-sided inkjet printing 83 x 46 cm. 3 E + 1EA

Laura Porter’s works are composed of common, rudimentary elements in offhand iterations often building-up towards some creeping figure. Several aspects of Laura Porter’s native New Orleans culture come up in her work: Mardi Gras floats and doubloons, sorting coupons, tailgaiting, and red beans in particular appear regularly as «increments,» interchangeable units. Her humourous, short-circuited style is similar to what Freud characterises as witticism : «Thought seeks a witty disguise because it recommends itself to our attention and can appear more important and valuable… above all this disguise fascinates and confuses our reason.»

The Future of Dry, Laura Porter’s first solo exhibition at the gallery Escougnou-Cetraro opens with images from a “Food Amounts Booklet,” a brochure distributed to subjects in studies and used as a standard of measurement in quantifying their fat intake. Ceramic “Mound” food standards meet with other measures – such as a coin used to assess the size of plants (Penny Perspective) or a medical table divided into chunks (Like Farming). Her works take something from camouflage – from the mimicry of industrial products to the player, the gambler. In Laura Porter’s work, the ground, a weary stack supporting people and things, is the main surface and the generator of wealth.

Valentin Lewandowski