"Carl Lawrences (U.S.) more theatrical aaaa (ab initio) introduced elements of wry humor, irreverence, and play into what had up until then felt like a sober evening.the careful visual composition, selection of materials, and overall energy and conviction were compelling." - esse art + opinions, Didier Morelli
After operating at the helm of experimental performance group Modern Recollections, with whom he presented 15 original works locally and nationally, Carl Lawrence is presenting his first solo work in Seattle. After a presentation in New York at the ITINERANT Performance Art Festival in May 2018, the work entitled aaaa consists of an all-star team of collaborators, including visual artist Nick Bartoletti, Stranger Genius award-winner John DeShazo, dance wunderkind and Pistil art director Matt Drews, and local hero of Seattles electronic music community and Resident Advisor pick Kayla Waldorf (Aos).
Only in existing do I become eternal. - Soren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, p. 508.
Drawing on contemporary events and paintings from the Western canon, including Raphael's "Vision of a Knight" (1504), Jusepe de Ribera's "The Vision of Belshazzar" (1635), and Santi di Tito's Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (second half of 16th century), aaaa explores the covenant of political power and its genesis in the storm of human existence. Combining elements of dance, visual art, installation, and doom techno DJ stylings, Lawrence stages the image as a locating strategy for meaning and solidarity. This results in a form of redress in the desiccating act of becoming in the contemporary world.
This project is partially funded by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture as a part of their smART ventures grant program. It was also developed with the support of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, and Base: Experimental Arts + Space through creative residencies in October and November 2018. Lawrence is the 2018 Anchor Tenant at Base.
Image by SALT PHOTO/Sean Waple
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