Lauren Martin will show a specially commissioned work for Kunsthall Stavanger’s project #fromKStoyou. The work takes the form of a banner on the kunsthall’s building.
#fromKStoyou is an new and ongoing project by Kunsthall Stavanger initiated in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. Artists are asked to make works that can evoke joy and calmness, ground and inspire, as well as spread solidarity in this moment of time. The intention of the project is to keep artists engaged, support the art community where possible, and utilize art as a way to come together via both physical and digital channels. While most of the projects take place on digital platforms – such as Kunsthall Stavanger’s website and Instagram – the banner is installed on the outside of the kunsthall’s building, located in the centre of one of Stavanger‘s traffic hubs. The banner is meant to bring art to the public in a safe and engaging way and is visible for the hundreds, if not thousands, of onlookers that pass the building on a daily basis.
About the banner, Martin says:
"We are facing a critical moment on our planet where we have the opportunity to collectively manifest a positive future. We owe our planet a debt of gratitude, and we owe each other compassion, love, and an opportunity to heal undue suffering".
Working mainly digitally, illustrator and designer Lauren Martin finds humor and inspiration in nature and the mundane. In her world, flowers have faces, pieces of fruit have legs, and every inanimate object has a personality. Born and raised in New York City, Lauren began honing her skills at a young age through classes at the Art Students League of New York. What blossomed there as a childhood appreciation of realism led her to study classical portraiture at the National Academy of Design in Manhattan. After several years of figurative oil painting, she became interested in textile design after teaching herself how to sew and knit, and earned her BFA in Textile/Surface design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. While at FIT, Lauren joined the indie pop band Frankie Cosmos and used her newfound knowledge of screen-printing to create t-shirts for the band. Creating graphics for t-shirts set her on a new path of illustration and design that has greatly informed her style today. With the band, Lauren has traveled the world on tour and gotten inspirational snapshots of design-minded communities from Dublin to Seoul. She has cherished the opportunity to work with risograph printers around the world, with whom she collaborates to print tour posters for the band.
Her work has appeared in publications such as the LA Times and Saveur magazine; she has also worked with clients that populate New York’s cultural landscape, including neighborhood restaurants and cinemas. More of her work can be found at www.laurenmartinnyc.com and on Instagram @laurenmartin_studio.