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LAST CHANCE Nancy Lorenz: Silver Moon
This solo exhibition by the New York-based artist includes works that juxtapose motifs from East Asia (specifically Japan) with commonplace materials. The result: transformative pieces gilded in gold, silver, and mother-of-pearl.
Lorenz understands how ancient practices can be fueled with modern techniques, referencing the past to comment on the present; it is sometimes difficult to distinguish her practice from that of civilisations past, finishing cardboard and wood to resemble centuries of age. This meticulous process, of imbuing ordinary materials with history itself, can be observed across all of the works in this show.
The most notable aspects of Lorenz’s oeuvre come from her wooden and cardboard panels, and her boxes, styled as if Nancy poured molten metal along each piece; and, yet, there is a sense of method to be seen — an awareness that each is lustrous drip is placed with purpose. Where Lorenz succeeds most is in her masterful control of space and arrangement, which stands as a testament to her appreciation for practices of art from East Asia. It is not just about remoulding beauty from the average, but ingraining a whole culture in each piece. In this sense, her works transcend their decorative function.
Above: Nancy Lorenz, Silver Cloud And Gold Dragon Screen, 2012