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Lauren Kalman Leaves


Product Description

These acid-etched brass leaves are remnants from Lauren Kalman's 2016 installation,But if the Crime is Beautiful... (Strangers to the Garden). Though the installation is no longer on view, we are selling a limited amount of leaves from the installation. Each piece features a small hook for hanging. $100 each or three for $250.

Estimated measurements:

Small leaves: 4"x 5"
Large leaf: 5.75"x 5"
Overall: 9.5"x 10"


But if the Crime is Beautiful... (Strangers to the Garden)was a 2016 exhibition by Lauren Kalman,a visual artist whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates beauty, adornment, body image, and the built environment.
From the artist:"But if the Crime is Beautiful... (Strangers to the Garden)responds to architect Adolf Loos' 1910 lectureOrnament and Crime, where he proposes that ornament is regressive, primitive and that, in (his) contemporary society, only criminals and deggenerates are decorated (this includes women). Loos' writings on architecture and functional art helped to define the principals of the Modern architecture and design movements. The influence of these movements permeates the contemporary built environment and therefore impacts our psychological and bodily relationship to space and objects...
The iconic furniture in(Strangers to the Garden)represents this Modernist lineage. In this installation the decorative metal Kudzu leaves contrast the male dominated Modernist aesthetic and its utopian values of minimalism and functionality. The color white in this work is a symbol of restraint and intellectual control, a color historically used by oppressive entities, including the Fascists, as a symbol of superiority, purity, and control."

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