Night Fall
15 SEPT - 30 OCT 2019
Lily Robert, 8 Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris France
www.lilyrobert.com

Lauren Coullard's painting germinates and feeds itself into a systematic short circuit between abstraction and figuration, mythology and fiction. Her works exhume a “d'antan” imagery, jovially neo-medieval, chivalrous and religious, populated by dames, virgins and docile beasts — strictly courtly and mostly female. A pictorial reboot with echoes from Neo Expressionism and Transavanguardia leads to incursions into metaphysical and symbolist realms. The artist imposes confidently and proudly an anachronistic transfiguration of the present. It is more than a carnival parade, or any sort of nostalgic tribute, almost as if she were seeking to redeem the contemporary life from its schizophrenic, harsh and inconclusive narrations. Oneiric, epic, archaic and almost pagan, the characters of her works seem stuck to a world with an evanescent gravity, a theatrical set romantically adorned. They rise from the artist's unstoppable desire to snatch light from the darkness of the canvas.

In Night Fall, her first solo show at Lily Robert, Lauren Coullard triggers a further temporal switch, moving the cursor over a science-fictional galaxy. Her lineup of ancestral figures is staged here to officiate and derail Isaac Asimov's novella from which the exhibition derives its name. It narrates the coming of darkness on a planet perpetually illuminated by sunlight—more precisely, by six simultaneous suns. Its inhabitants are terrified by the advent of the night and its obscurity and the prophecy of an imminent total eclipse by a religious sect throws them into blind desperation. Recovering the philosophical tradition of Enlightenment and the conscious use of the rationality against every obscurantist drift of power, the story is structured around the metaphor of the relationship between light and darkness.


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20x15 cm, oil on wood
Penance templates, 2019 : 20x15 cm, oil on wood


Exhibition detail 

65x54 cm, oil on canvas
Defoliant, 2019 : 65x54 cm, oil on canvas

21,5x15 cm, oil on wood
Cold Assailant, 2019 : 21,5x15 cm, oil on wood

55x38 cm, oil on canvas
Standard Bearer, 2019 : 55x38 cm, oil on canvas

21,5x15 cm oil on wood
Cold Assailant, 2019 : 21,5x15 cm oil on wood


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195x115cm, oil on canvas
Hang Back, 2019 : 195x115cm, oil on canvas

35x29 cm, collage & oil on wood
Tear Grenade, 2019 : 35x29 cm, collage & oil on wood

20x14 cm, oil on wood
Crystal Weeper, 2019 : 20x14 cm, oil on wood

65x54 cm, oil on canvas
Start hearted, 2019 : 65x54 cm, oil on canvas

65x54 cm oil on canvas
Start hearted, 2019 : 65x54 cm oil on canvas

27x22cm, oil on canvas
Venomous Tongue, 2019 : 27x22cm, oil on canvas


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