Ted Lawson is an American artist working across all media. He develops his ideas through multiple concurrent series’ of works that conceptually overlap and interconnect as they progress. The diverse range of materials and underlying technologies he engages are bound together by oft recurring art-historical themes, most frequently deployed as a “God’s eye POV” to describe what is existentially human.

Lawson usually begins each series with a question or an unproven theory – an anxious emotional equation that can only be known when the objects have been manifested and fully materialized. To Lawson, process is the only real truth suspended by the beautiful illusions of meticulous craft. When no medium or method currently exists to extract the concept, he will develop or invent one. The resulting forms are both poetic and abstracted, yet often distinctly hyper-real; decoys that lure the viewer across an uncanny valley with the objective of creating an immediate emotional connection.

In paintings, sculptures and myriad situational tableaux, Lawson’s work uses various color schema as a way of distilling intricate surfaces and forms to an essential state, even while their constituent parts are as disparate as synthetic hair, robotic eyes, stainless steel, cast silicone, MDF or pure pigment. He is known to use digital technology and algorithms and as both a window into our future selves and a regressive analogy of our times. Works from each series are often recast in alternating roles – as actors portraying the overarching parts in a greater thematic story.

Born in 1970 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Ted Lawson currently lives and works in New York City.

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Solo Exhibitions:

2021      (Upcoming December), Nancy Littlejohn Gallery, Houston, TX

2020     Aether, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, NYC

 

Group Exhibitions/ Art Fairs/  Permanent Collections:

2021    (Upcoming August)  The Eyes Have It, Lehman Gallery  (Lehman College, CUNY), Bronx NY

            (Upcoming July)  Intersect Aspen (Art Aspen), Nancy Littlejohn Gallery, Aspen CO

            100 sculptures, Anonymous Gallery, NYC

            Steinway Building Exhibition, Nelson Watkins Museum of Art & Cuerto Art Advisory, NYC

            Art Expo Chicago, Nancy Littlejohn Gallery, Chicago IL *

2020    NADA, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, NYC *

             Amabies, Postmasters Roma, Rome IT *

             The Dallas Art fair, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Dallas TX *

             The Armory Show, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, NYC

             Steinway Building Exhibition,  Cuerto Art Advisory, NYC

2019     Untitled Art Fair, Miami, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Miami FL

              TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2019 Gala and Auction, Dallas TX

             Eagle Family, Permanent collection, Dallas TX

             Dallas Art Fair, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Dallas TX

              Arsenal, Permanent Collection, Montréal QC

             Flora/Fauna, Group Exhibition, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, NYC

             Ideal Contagion, Group Exhibition, bitforms gallery, NYC

2018     Untitled Art Fair, Miami, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Miami FL

              Group exhibition, The Unit London, London UK

2017     Group Exhibition, 10 Hanover Gallery, London UK

             Without You, The Limelight Hotel, permanent installation, Paula Crown Collection – Ketchum ID

2016     Salt Spirals, Four Seasons Hotel, permanent installation, Abu Dhabi UAE

             Parker Project, Bacchus House, permanent installation, Sean Parker Private Collection, NYC

             Urban Dawn II, Curator 19.90, Group Exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon

2015     Undressed, Group Exhibition, Philip Bloom Gallery, Nantucket Ma

             Group Exhibition, Zener-Schon Gallery, SF

2014     Moving Sale, Group Exhibition, 230 Gallery, NYC

2013     Paper Vernacular, Group Exhibition, Cutlog Art Fair, NYC

             Happening, Group Exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles CA

2012     Eve, Group Exhibition, W.I.P. Gallery, NYC

 

Selected essays:

2019     “A Year in the Artworld,” Matthew Israel, Head curator, Artsy

2018     “Dystopian Geometries: The Art of Ted Lawson,” Christian Viveros-Fauné

              “Are Fabricators the most Important People in the Artworld?” Nancy Hass, NYTimes Magazine

Education:

             BFA, Sculpture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA

             Outstanding Student Achievement, International Sculpture Center, NYC