April 28 –
July 23, 2016
Laura Owens: Ten Paintings

Pick your battles is usually sound advice.

When it comes to painting, there are many battles to choose from: flatness versus depth, materiality versus illusion, abstraction versus representation, the epic versus the everyday, the grid versus the gesture.

Laura Owens picks them all, and she plays both sides. She self-consciously over-performs the act and the idea of painting. She makes paintings that look like paintings. She forces painting to perform tasks other than painting. She feeds painting its own tail so that it ties itself up in knots.

This is an exhibition of new work. Its centerpiece is an immersive installation of silkscreened, flocked, painted, and hand-printed wallpaper that covers every wall of the main gallery. (AH)

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Laura Owens (b. 1970, Euclid, Ohio) lives and works in Los Angeles.

Press:

Artforum, by Jack Bankowsky
Modern Painters, by Wendy Vogel
ARTnews, by Andrew Russeth
LXAQ, Laura Owens in conversation with Anthony Huberman
KQED Arts, by Sarah Hotchkiss
Juxtapoz
SFAQ, by Sarah Thibault
Artforum, by Monica Westin
Frieze, by Evan Moffitt
San Francisco Chronicle, by Charles Desmarais
Contemporary Art Review.la, by Keith J. Varadi
BOMB, by Claudia La Rocco
XTRA, by Travis Diehl
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings (detail), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings (detail), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings (detail), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings (detail), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings (detail), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.
Laura Owens, Ten Paintings (detail), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Sadie Coles HQ, London / Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Johnna Arnold.