Palm Springs Sun #2
Ginkgo Leaves on Half fan patter
Gingko on art deco half fan pattern
Transit Wall Mural, PIT Airport
Bedroom Still Life
Put Good In, Get Good Out
A Quiet Space in the Center (Light)
A Quiet Space in the Center (Dark)
Patterns for Living #16
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I construct an imagined architectural world through collages, drawings and paintings. My work is rooted in the Rust Belt and consists of abstract cityscapes and map-like views of unidentified spaces. The architectural hallmarks of the Rust Belt (industrial buildings, brickwork, arched windows, steel bridges) are my visual language. Over the last decade, the visuals in my work reflect our increasingly digital world through the use of colliding planes of color, and the illusion of folding space through line. I employ detailed mark-making, working to the edge of the picture plane, and extreme perspective to exhibit the dizzying growth of the cityscape. This is what I observe happening in the world around me.
I grew up in a suburb near Buffalo, NY. My childhood memories of Buffalo are punctuated by abandoned industrial steel and grain mills and the grittiness of the city at that time. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 and observed many crossover Rust Belt traits with my hometown. Instead of the flat topography found in Buffalo, Pittsburgh is set against the backdrop of mountainous terrain, the junction of three rivers, 90 neighborhoods and 446 bridges. The evolution of Buffalo over my lifetime, and Pittsburgh over the last 13 years that I’ve lived here, is a source of inspiration. In many ways, I observed the glimmer of possibility turn into reinvention for these cities.
Lauren Braun is a visual artist based in Pittsburgh. In 2018 she was an Emerging Artist at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and Pittsburgh International Airport featured one of her paintings as a large-scale wall mural. She was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, participated in an Idea Furnace residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and received a Tending Space Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation. She earned her MFA from the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a BFA cum laude in Art Photography from Syracuse University.