The Future of Dry
September 03 – 29, 2016
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.