Gloucester, England. 1984
In his work Owen often focuses on ideas of fluidity in relation to time, matter, borders and territories. Through the merger of aesthetic and material elements sourced from various domains Owen playfully subverts and reorganises identifiable aspects of architecture, craft, and carpentry, all of which have socially prescribed characteristics and functions. Assertions of flux and transcendence are amplified by this hybridized approach. Owen uses this process as a metaphor to convey broader notions of fixed frameworks that organise our rigid understanding of the normative. Here, hierarchies retain the potential to move, shift and evolve.
Laurence Owen completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at Royal Academy Schools, London in 2015, and holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall. Recent solo exhibitions include Gerund at Zabludowicz Collection and Lychee One, London (2020) Galerie PCP, Paris (2018) and Channel Synthesis, Evelyn Yard Gallery, London (2016). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Mushrooms: The art, design and future of fungi, Somerset House, London (upcoming 2020), Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Rooms, London (2019), Moly Sabata, Art O Rama, Marseille, FR (2018), Something Else, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, RU (2018), Absent Bodies, OSL Contemporary, Oslo, NOR (2017) and John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2016).