Lauren Clay, installation view of “Shushumna,” detail, Pinnacle Gallery, SCAD Savannah, October 2015.

Lauren Clay exhibition: ‘Squash and Stretch’

Trois Gallery

Atlanta, GA

1600 Peachtree St. NW

SCAD Atlanta presents “Squash and Stretch,” an exhibition by Lauren Clay (B.F.A. painting), who employs a variety of paper art and decorative painting techniques including papier-mâché, faux wood grain and marbleized paper to create environments that display her interest in melding painting and sculptural forms.

For the SCAD Trois Gallery, the artist will create a custom handmade wallpaper utilizing painting and printmaking techniques, which are then magnified via a high-resolution scanner and printed onto large vinyl sheets. Clay often references iconic male abstract artists as a means of investigating the role of women within the larger context of art history. For example, several of the paper pulp works in the exhibition are based on Frank Stella paintings and the small sculptures are based on David Smith’s “Cubi” sculpture series. Her manipulation of scale, color and materials suffuses humor into, and gently subverts the power and authority of, the originals. In doing so, Clay visually prompts questions about gender, re-appropriation and authenticity in contemporary art.

“Squash and Stretch” is curated by Alexandra Sachs, executive director of SCAD FASH and Atlanta exhibitions.

Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Presented as part of deFINE ART 2016, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

All deFINE ART lectures, receptions and events are free and open to the public.