LAWRENCE CROMWELL | IT'S A PARTY LIFE
AT THE HANCOCK SOLAR GALLERY AT NELSON KOHL
IT'S A PARTY LIFE
SEPTEMBER 8 – 29, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 | 6–9pm
ARTIST TALK & LIBATIONS | FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 | 5–7PM
For Immediate Release:
Hancock Solar Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition, It's A Party Life new works by Lawrence Cromwell. Join us for an Opening Reception on Saturday September 8, 6–9pm at the gallery located on the ground floor of the Nelson Kohl Building at 20 E. Lanvale St between Charles & St. Paul. Lawrence Cromwell, It's A Party Life runs through Saturday September 28, 2018. The exhibition is curated by Jordan Faye Block. Our fall gallery hours are Wednesday thru Friday 2–7pm, Saturday 1–4pm and by appointment.
I think of my work as whimsically meditative, sardonic, and self-effacingly perverse. Influenced by a quirky take on science fictionalized evolutionary biology and cellular mutation. These paintings are a departure from drawing which had been my principal way of working. Drawing is the principle form through which I explore ideas whether they are schematic investigations or larger more comprehensive images.
My process involves sitting down and starting to draw. If I don’t have a thought or an idea to draw I begin to make circles or to draw chairs or milk cartons or to spell out words that come to mind. As I draw an
image/idea will ultimately enter my mind. I try to draw that image/idea and in turn allow it to create a stream of associated images, words and shapes that drive the image forward.
Using paint has allowed for a more layered and densely wovenapproach to how imagery and associative arrangements reveal themselves. This approach to working began with an interest in themes of accumulation and repetition and was expressed by a visual cataloguing of “mutations” of mundane objects of consumption. These “mutations” would be repeated multiple times describing shapes and paths on the surface of a painting. The invention of these “mutations” was often precipitated by investigative drawings.
Using paint has allowed for a more layered and densely woven approach to how imagery and associative arrangements reveal themselves.
As I worked in this manner the drawings that I made of the invented “mutations” became the focus of my work and would often spiral out into other ideas and associated imagery. I maintain this same approach with my paintings.
– Lawrence Cromwell
Lawrence Cromwell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in ‘99. He also teaches painting at Towson University & Howard County Community College. Cromwell’s work has been in numerous exhibitions across the country from Connecticut to New Mexico. In the mid-Atlantic region he has had a two-person exhibition at Hill Center in Washington D.C. (2015), a solo exhibition at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD (2014), a solo exhibition at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (2010), and a two-person exhibition at The Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI (2008). Lawrence lives with his wife, artist & photographer, Jenee Mateer & their son Alex in Baltimore, MD.
ABOUT THE VENUES & THE CURATOR
The Hancock Solar Gallery was founded and named after Paul Hancock & Patricia Solar, investors in Nelson Kohl. They believe that art is an integral part of life and it changes the perspective of those who engage with it. The gallery aims to promote the thought-provoking work of Baltimore’s artists in the heart of the city’s oldest arts & entertainment district – Station North. It is independently curated by artist Jordan Faye Block of Make Beautiful Change and Thrive Atelier. Hancock Solar Gallery is located at 20 E. Lanvale Street in Baltimore, MD.
Thrive Atelier is a southern light–filled yoga studio, wellness hub and exhibition space located on the fifth floor of the Cork Factory, a former industrial building converted in the 90’s into studios and live/work spaces. Founder Jordan Faye Block has created a small haven for art, conversation, music and yoga. Thrive Atelier holds radiant body kundalini yoga and essential oils classes, workshops, Thrive Music events and art openings. On most Tuesdays afternoons (2–6pm) & Saturday mornings (9–11am) the studio is open for people to come by to view the art on the walls, find the right essential oil, peruse the shop, or just have a lovely conversation over an espresso or cup of tea. This space is multifaceted in that it serves as an art, design, and wellness studio.
As an artist, designer, and curator – Jordan Faye Block earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Mount Royal School of Art) and brings 19 years of experience in running art galleries & curating exhibitions to these new endeavours. Ms. Block received her BFA in Printmaking from Plymouth State University where she co-founded the PIP Gallery. Ms. Block has continued to make work throughout her 15 years in Baltimore. Her newest body of work is currently on view at Grey Matter Art Space with Baltimore-based painter Alex Kondner. Her large-scale paintings, drawings, and monotype installations have been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Chicago. She founded Jordan Faye Contemporary in 2006, curated 180 exhibitions, and brought her artists work to Miami, the Hamptons, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ms. Block continues working with artists developing their careers, as well as assisting collectors in building their collections and providing installation and curatorial services for them. She lives & works in the Station North Arts District.