Artist Statement

July 2014

Laura Eldret’s practice explores social formats, looking at divergent aspects of how groups of people gather. She explores the agency of art within this broad cultural sphere, and is interested in aesthetic elements that bind people together. She has an ongoing interest in contrasts between free action, rule-bound behaviour and reiterations (repetition as a process of refinement). Often involving or inspired by diverse groups of people, such as boxers and builders, her work manifests in a broad range of media including videos, drawings, fabric works, stage-like installations, as well as live events in gallery spaces and in the public realm.

Eldret's work mainly manifests as projects developed over many years. Building upon the piece A Ha Ha (2009) she is currently developing new studio produced fabric works, banners that draw upon everyday notices that delineate territories or behaviour in public spaces. From corporate advertisements to notices installed by the recent occupation protest movements. Creating imagined settings for a muster of disparate individuals - both a symbolic and imagined social mash- up. As a recent recipient of an award from Artists International Development Fund she is spending time in Mexico in 2014 researching Fabric, Fighting and Fiestas.

Laura Eldret (b. 1982, Macclesfield) lives and works in London. Works and projects include Rough Play, a commission for South London Gallery (2013); Power Plays, a solo exhibition at TheGallery, Bournemouth (2012); Fought, a re-enacted boxing match working with firefighters and a new ‘ritual’ as part of a residency at Camden Arts Centre (2011). Group exhibitions include Ikon (2013), Focal Point Gallery (2012), Glasgow International (2012), Baltic (2012), Five Hundred Dollars (2010). 

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