No Drones
Louise Lawler
July 2–August 23, 2014
London

Over the last 30 years, Louise Lawler has been making photographs that depict views of objects and artworks in their everyday working environments, shifting the emphasis from the subject itself to vantage points, framing devices and the modes of distribution that affect the reception of an artwork. For No Drones, Lawler will exhibit a group of ‘tracings’, a series that she developed for her exhibition at the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, in 2013. Traced directly from her photographs, and made in collaboration with the artist and children’s book illustrator Jon Buller, the ‘tracings’ are black-and-white line drawings that are converted to a vector graphic and printed on a vinyl that is adhered directly to the wall. Each edition exists as an adaptable digital file that can be printed at any size. A ‘tracing’ takes material form only when exhibited, and it can be destroyed and remade at a different size for its next presentation. Some of the works in the show are editions of 10, while others are unlimited editions.

 

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The longest wall in Sprüth Magers features Pollock and Tureen (traced) (1984/2013), a ‘tracing’ of Lawler’s iconic photograph Pollock and Tureen (1984). The original work is a medium-sized photograph, just under a metre wide, that portrays a decorative piece of porcelain placed on a shelf beneath the expressive splatters of a Pollock. Pollock and Tureen (traced) has been enlarged to over four metres to occupy a substantial proportion of the broad, window-facing wall. The result is both a representation of a previous artwork and an ephemeral installation in a particular space.

Writing in the Museum Ludwig catalogue, Philip Kaiser describes the ‘tracings’ as ‘skeletons’ that explore ‘the extreme ends and corners of pictures and their contexts.’

 

Installation Views
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

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Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, July 2–August 23, 2014
Photo: Stephen White

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Exhibited Works
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
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Pollock and Tureen (traced), 1984/2013

Louise Lawler
Pollock and Tureen (traced), 1984/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2013

Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2013
12 embossed glasses (6 white and 6 black), 2 glass shelves and 4 brackets
each glass 15 × 5 cm
each glass 6 × 2 inches

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Closer Than You Thought (traced), 2004/2005/2013

Louise Lawler
Closer Than You Thought (traced), 2004/2005/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced), 2006/2013

Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced), 2006/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Still Life (Candle) (traced), 2003/2013

Louise Lawler
Still Life (Candle) (traced), 2003/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Triangle (traced), 2008/2009/2013

Louise Lawler
Triangle (traced), 2008/2009/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Two Glasses (traced and painted), 2013

Louise Lawler
Two Glasses (traced and painted), 2013
Gouache on archival pigment print
25.4 × 20.3 cm
10 × 8 inches
28.9 × 23.8 cm (framed)
11 3/8 × 9 3/8 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Pollock and Tureen (traced and painted), First, 1984/2013/2014

Louise Lawler
Pollock and Tureen (traced and painted), First, 1984/2013/2014
Gouache on archival pigment print
77.5 × 106.7 cm
30 1/2 × 42 inches
87 × 116.8 cm (framed)
34 1/4 × 46 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Dots and Slices (traced), 2006/2013

Louise Lawler
Dots and Slices (traced), 2006/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced and painted), First, 2006/2013/2014

Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced and painted), First, 2006/2013/2014
Gouache on archival pigment print
20.3 × 17.8 cm
8 × 7 inches
23.8 × 21.3 cm (framed)
9 3/8 × 8 3/8 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Il m'aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionément, à la folie, pas du tout (traced and painted), First, 2008/2009/2014

Louise Lawler
Il m'aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionément, à la folie, pas du tout (traced and painted), First, 2008/2009/2014
Gouache on archival pigment print
21 × 22.5 cm
8 1/4 × 8 7/8 inches
24.4 × 26 cm (framed)
9 5/8 × 10 1/4 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Pollyanna, 2007/2008/2013

Louise Lawler
Pollyanna, 2007/2008/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

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Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Pollock and Tureen (traced), 1984/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler
Pollock and Tureen (traced), 1984/2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2013
12 embossed glasses (6 white and 6 black), 2 glass shelves and 4 brackets
each glass 15 × 5 cm
each glass 6 × 2 inches

Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Closer Than You Thought (traced), 2004/2005/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler
Closer Than You Thought (traced), 2004/2005/2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced), 2006/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced), 2006/2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Still Life (Candle) (traced), 2003/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler
Still Life (Candle) (traced), 2003/2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Triangle (traced), 2008/2009/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler
Triangle (traced), 2008/2009/2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Two Glasses (traced and painted), 2013
Gouache on archival pigment print
25.4 × 20.3 cm
10 × 8 inches
28.9 × 23.8 cm (framed)
11 3/8 × 9 3/8 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler
Two Glasses (traced and painted), 2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Pollock and Tureen (traced and painted), First, 1984/2013/2014
Gouache on archival pigment print
77.5 × 106.7 cm
30 1/2 × 42 inches
87 × 116.8 cm (framed)
34 1/4 × 46 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler
Pollock and Tureen (traced and painted), First, 1984/2013/2014
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Dots and Slices (traced), 2006/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler
Dots and Slices (traced), 2006/2013
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced and painted), First, 2006/2013/2014
Gouache on archival pigment print
20.3 × 17.8 cm
8 × 7 inches
23.8 × 21.3 cm (framed)
9 3/8 × 8 3/8 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler
Untitled (traced and painted), First, 2006/2013/2014
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Il m'aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionément, à la folie, pas du tout (traced and painted), First, 2008/2009/2014
Gouache on archival pigment print
21 × 22.5 cm
8 1/4 × 8 7/8 inches
24.4 × 26 cm (framed)
9 5/8 × 10 1/4 inches (framed)

Louise Lawler
Il m'aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionément, à la folie, pas du tout (traced and painted), First, 2008/2009/2014
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Pollyanna, 2007/2008/2013
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable

Louise Lawler
Pollyanna, 2007/2008/2013
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Selected Press

Vector Analysis
Art in Print, article by Owen Duffy, September – October, 2014, page 38

Louise Lawler: No Drones
this is tomorrow, article by Aindrea Emelife, July 24, 2014