Shooting Gallery Project Space Presents:
A Well-Marked Path
New Works by Lauren Napolitano
Shooting Gallery Project Space is pleased to present A Well-Marked Path, featuring new works by Oakland-based artist, Lauren Napolitano. The opening reception will be Saturday, October 12, from 7-11 pm, and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be available for viewing through November 2, 2013.
In A Well-Marked Path, Napolitano is following her own way home. A recent trip to New Mexico left an indelible impression in this new body of work, and a further study of traditional Mexican pottery and basket work inspired much of the artist’s new pattern work. Working with antique porcelain dolls, hydroponic bulbs, old bottles, and even an old suede jacket, Napolitano is deepening her focus of painting on found objects. At least 80 of these will be on display in addition to 35 works on newsprint, book pages and altered cabinet card photos, ranging in size from 4 x 6 inches to 18 x 24 inches and four mandala pieces, 12.5 inches in diameter, on acacia plant pollen filters.
Regardless of surface, Napolitano’s intricate markings are finely drawn in a delicate hand, without the aid of rulers to ensure a human element is left behind. In this way, A Well-Marked Path is an offering from the artist, a trail to follow and hold onto. Treasured mementos are carefully culled through an ongoing search. “I love the feeling and act of discovery,” Napolitano reveals, “so I am always picking stuff up along the way. I can remember where I picked up every item I’ve collected and my home has become a nest of sorts…a place for safe keeping.”
Bay Area artist, Lauren Napolitano is known for her installation-heavy artwork, crafted from found materials often including antique bottles, vintage photos and delicate trinkets, all covered in a hand-painted pattern work. Napolitano is entirely self-taught and has been creating work for nearly a decade.
Interview with Lauren Napolitano
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request
A Well-Marked Path
Opening Reception – October 12, 2013, 7-11 pm
On View Through November 02, 2013
@ Shooting Gallery Project Space (www.shottinggallerysf.com/project-space)
886 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA