Whatsit Mystic Objects’ Self-Reflection
Matthew Bennett Laurents
August 21 - September 5, 2021
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Exhibition StatementWhatsit Mystic Objects’ Self-Reflection presents a body of work exploring the sensitive, automatic and emotional realm. Following up 2019’s Faceland, Matthew Bennett Laurents’ second solo exhibition at Carnation Contemporary is comprised of expressionistic and channeled works created between Spring 2020 and Summer 2021 at the artist’s home in Portland. During this period of unprecedented social change and pervasive uncertainty, Laurents’ studio practice and passion for comparative religion and philosophy filled the time and fueled the content of the presented artworks, their titles referencing the ideas present in the atmosphere of their creation.
BioMatthew Bennett Laurents graduated with an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Studio Art from Lewis & Clark College. Drawing on histories of craft and ritual, his work explores the potential of objects as vessels for spiritual and emotional energy. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Photo credit: Marcelo Fontana
Photo editor: Renee Couture