Cinematography and editing: Jeremy Eichenbaum

 

Louise Lawler examines the conditions, procedures, presentations and boundaries of art. Her photographs and interventions analyze the contextual production of meaning as well as the infinitude of context.

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS coalesces around the idea of movement and disorientation, which has been a throughline in Lawler’s four-decade-long practice of photographing artworks in public and private collections, at auctions, or in storage.

 

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

 

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
What Is Painting (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
1944-N No. 2 and One: Number 31, 1950 (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Displayed on the gallery’s first floor are several new swiped works, which are produced by a physical gesture in space; Lawler uses long exposures and swift camera movements to create abstract images of well-known motifs. Frozen yet moving, they become transcendent images that perpetually blur and shift, taking her longstanding investigation into the making and viewing of meaning still further.

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
What Is Painting (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
What Is Painting (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
What Is Painting (swiped), 2022/2023

Louise Lawler
What Is Painting (swiped), 2022/2023

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
1944-N No. 2 and One: Number 31, 1950 (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
1944-N No. 2 and One: Number 31, 1950 (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
1944-N No. 2 and One: Number 31, 1950 (swiped), 2022/2023

Louise Lawler
1944-N No. 2 and One: Number 31, 1950 (swiped), 2022/2023

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Displayed on the gallery’s first floor are several new swiped works, which are produced by a physical gesture in space; Lawler uses long exposures and swift camera movements to create abstract images of well-known motifs. Frozen yet moving, they become transcendent images that perpetually blur and shift, taking her longstanding investigation into the making and viewing of meaning still further.

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Fish (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
"It rests on a pivot that once allowed the work to spin" (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Fish (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
Fish (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Fish (swiped), 2023

Louise Lawler
Fish (swiped), 2023

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
"It rests on a pivot that once allowed the work to spin" (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
"It rests on a pivot that once allowed the work to spin" (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
"It rests on a pivot that once allowed the work to spin" (swiped), 2023

Louise Lawler
"It rests on a pivot that once allowed the work to spin" (swiped), 2023

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Their subtitles, “swiped,” might be a humorous comment on the artist’s practice of capturing the works of others whilst further evoking the contemporary consumption of digital pictures on our screens – perhaps speaking to the feelings of loss of focus and clarity under the constant exposure to a deluge of pictures.

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Friendship (swiped), 2022
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Tribute (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Friendship (swiped), 2022
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
Friendship (swiped), 2022
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Friendship (swiped), 2022

Louise Lawler
Friendship (swiped), 2022

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Tribute (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
Tribute (swiped), 2022/2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Tribute (swiped), 2022/2023

Louise Lawler
Tribute (swiped), 2022/2023

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Their subtitles, “swiped,” might be a humorous comment on the artist’s practice of capturing the works of others whilst further evoking the contemporary consumption of digital pictures on our screens – perhaps speaking to the feelings of loss of focus and clarity under the constant exposure to a deluge of pictures.

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

 

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Edison Price and Breuer (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
The Palace at 4 a.m. (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Edison Price and Breuer (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
Edison Price and Breuer (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Edison Price and Breuer (swiped), 2023

Louise Lawler
Edison Price and Breuer (swiped), 2023

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
The Palace at 4 a.m. (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
The Palace at 4 a.m. (swiped), 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
The Palace at 4 a.m. (swiped), 2023

Louise Lawler
The Palace at 4 a.m. (swiped), 2023

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Operating within certain structures, Lawler often displaces or redirects power and attention. In a growing body of works, her methodology involves continuously revisiting and restaging her own works by transferring them to different formats and materials, often allowing for external influences to shape what is seen.

 

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

 

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
It Spins, 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped), 2022
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

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For her adjusted-to-fit works, she re-presents the original image by permitting it to be digitally altered for each installation, stretching it to match the aspect ratio of a given wall. Its shape, size and position are out of the artist’s hands and are determined instead by the institution or collector displaying them, indicating the numerous influences on the procedures of presentation and reception.

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
It Spins, 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
It Spins, 2023
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
It Spins, 2023

Louise Lawler
It Spins, 2023

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped), 2022
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped), 2022
Dye sublimation print on museum box
121.9 × 182.9 cm
48 × 72 inches

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped), 2022

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped), 2022

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For her adjusted-to-fit works, she re-presents the original image by permitting it to be digitally altered for each installation, stretching it to match the aspect ratio of a given wall. Its shape, size and position are out of the artist’s hands and are determined instead by the institution or collector displaying them, indicating the numerous influences on the procedures of presentation and reception.

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped) (adjusted to fit), 2022/2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
It Spins (adjusted to fit), 2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped) (adjusted to fit), 2022/2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler
Vir Heroicus Sublimis and Abraham (swiped) (adjusted to fit), 2022/2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
It Spins (adjusted to fit), 2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler
It Spins (adjusted to fit), 2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

 

In the upstairs gallery, Lawler’s photographs are translated into large-scale tracings, black-and-white line versions of her photos, which are produced with children’s book illustrator Jon Buller.

 

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (noun), 1982/2020
Gelatin silver print
12.7 × 17.8 cm
5 × 7 inches
38.4 × 33 cm (framed)
15 1/8 × 13 inches (framed)

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (noun), 1982/2020
Gelatin silver print
12.7 × 17.8 cm
5 × 7 inches
38.4 × 33 cm (framed)
15 1/8 × 13 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler
Position (noun), 1982/2020
Gelatin silver print
12.7 × 17.8 cm
5 × 7 inches
38.4 × 33 cm (framed)
15 1/8 × 13 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (noun), 1982/2020

Louise Lawler
Position (noun), 1982/2020

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (verb), 1982/2020
Gelatin silver print
17.8 × 12.7 cm
7 × 5 inches
38.4 × 33 cm (framed)
15 1/8 × 13 inches (framed)

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (verb), 1982/2020
Gelatin silver print
17.8 × 12.7 cm
7 × 5 inches
38.4 × 33 cm (framed)
15 1/8 × 13 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler
Position (verb), 1982/2020
Gelatin silver print
17.8 × 12.7 cm
7 × 5 inches
38.4 × 33 cm (framed)
15 1/8 × 13 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (verb), 1982/2020

Louise Lawler
Position (verb), 1982/2020

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GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS is inextricably linked to questions related to institutional framing, but it is also profoundly self-reflexive, ambivalent and contradictory.

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (noun) (traced), 1982/2020/2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable at any scale determined by exhibitor

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Position (noun) (traced), 1982/2020/2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler
Position (noun) (traced), 1982/2020/2023
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable at any scale determined by exhibitor

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

 

Bringing together pieces that are connected by varying degrees of analogue and digital movement, confusion and reversal, the show turns viewers’ heads in multiple directions. Exploring the artist’s role, Lawler, at times, confounds our understanding of authorship and questions how we look at works of art, how they come to have meaning, the desires invested in these objects, their interactions and their temporality.

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Alizarin (Terrorists are made, not born), 2023
Dye sublimation print on plywood
22.9 × 17.8 cm
9 × 7 inches
Installed in any direction

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Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Alizarin (Terrorists are made, not born), 2023
Dye sublimation print on plywood
22.9 × 17.8 cm
9 × 7 inches
Installed in any direction

Louise Lawler
Alizarin (Terrorists are made, not born), 2023
Dye sublimation print on plywood
22.9 × 17.8 cm
9 × 7 inches
Installed in any direction

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles
Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

Louise Lawler
Alizarin (Terrorists are made, not born), 2023

Louise Lawler
Alizarin (Terrorists are made, not born), 2023

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Bringing together pieces that are connected by varying degrees of analogue and digital movement, confusion and reversal, the show turns viewers’ heads in multiple directions. Exploring the artist’s role, Lawler, at times, confounds our understanding of authorship and questions how we look at works of art, how they come to have meaning, the desires invested in these objects, their interactions and their temporality.

Louise Lawler – GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS – Los Angeles

All installation views: Sprüth Magers